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Florida port to reduce marine carbon footprint with new mobile harbor cranes

The North American terminal operator LOGISTEC USA has placed an order for two new eco-efficient mobile harbor cranes from Finnish manufacturer Konecranes with the aim of reducing marine carbon footprint in Florida.

LOGISTEC booked two Generation 6 Konecranes Gottwald cranes for its terminal at the Port of Manatee in Tampa Bay in August this year.

According to Konecranes, the order will be handed over by February 2022.

LOGISTEC operates 80 terminals in 54 ports across North America and handles all kinds of cargo. The terminal at the Port of Manatee deals mostly with containers, pallets, steel and break-bulk.

“With the arrival of our two new electric drive cranes from industry-leader Konecranes, we will be serving our customers in an eco-friendly way. These new additions to our fleet of cargo handling equipment are well aligned with our focus on reducing our marine carbon footprint in support of our Green Marine initiatives”, said Rodney Corrigan, president of LOGISTEC.

As described by the manufacturer, the two new Generation 6 cranes will be Konecranes Gottwald ESP.7 mobile harbor cranes, with a working radius of up to 51 metres and a lifting capacity of 125 tonnes.

The cranes feature a higher tower cab for a better view of the vessels in port and stronger lifting capacity curves for improved handling performance and a higher classification, which results in doubled service life in container handling operations.

The on-board drive follows the strict EPA Tier 4 final standards, Konecranes explained. It’s a smart hybrid drive combining a diesel engine with optimized fuel consumption and an ultracap which is said to enable both eco-efficient operation and peak performance.

“2021 marks 50 years of Konecranes presence in the Americas, and this order from LOGISTEC is a good illustration of the strength of our long-term partnerships in the region”, Alan Garcia, sales manager, Port Solutions, Region Americas for Konecranes, commented. “The order also shows clearly that our new Generation 6 cranes are living up to their potential in the market, offering high performance and reliability while lowering fuel costs and reducing emissions“.

Earlier this year, Finnish company received an order for an eco-efficient mobile harbor crane from Italian port terminal operator SERMI in Pozallo.

SERMI ordered a Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 crane, which is expected to increase the handling performance and reduce the operator’s overall carbon footprint thanks to the crane’s diesel-electric drive, raising the terminal to a new level of efficiency.

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