Mobile Harbour Cranes from Terex Port Solutions supports aid work in the crisis region around Tacloban in the Philippines

Düsseldorf,   05. December 2013

  • Technological backbone of a concerted relief effort

A Terex® Gottwald Model 3 mobile harbour crane from Terex Port Solutions (TPS) will support aid work in the city of Tacloban in the Philippines, which was almost completely destroyed by typhoon Haiyan at the beginning of November. The crane with a maximum lifting capacity of 100 t will be used locally, for unloading containers with aid consignments of all kinds and other activities to support the population of the province Leyte and its capital Tacloban.

The Terex Gottwald mobile harbour crane provides the technological backbone for a concerted relief effort in which TPS, its Manila-based customer International Container Services Inc. (ICTSI), and Hamburg shipping firm SAL-Heavylift GmbH (SAL) are each playing major roles. In addition, Stinis NV from the Netherlands brought two spreaders to Tacloban to help unload containers.

Diverted to crisis region following request by the Philippines authorities

The Terex Gottwald crane, which was successfully unloaded on to the undamaged quay in Tacloban by the on-board cranes of the SAL heavy load vessel “MV Gloria”, was originally on its way to Davao further to the south. There, together with another identical crane on board, the mobile harbour crane was due to start work in the terminal of Hijo International Port Services Inc. (HIPS), a joint venture of ICTSI and Hijo Resources Corp. (HRC). As Klaus Peter Hoffmann, Vice President & Managing Director Terex Port Solutions, explains: “The MV Gloria was already just off Davao, when ICTSI contacted TPS with a request to change course immediately for Tacloban, where a crane was urgently needed.” The Philippine authorities made a corresponding request to ICTSI, the leading terminal operator in the country. “TPS, together with ICTSI and SAL, immediately undertook measures to redirect the crane to the disaster zone,” said Hoffmann

Continuous communication provides quick aid

However, before the crane could be successfully unloaded in Tacloban, the ship first returned to Davao to unload the second crane. Finally, halfway between Davao and Tacloban, a generator was unloaded. These two unloading maneuvers were necessary because, fully laden, the draught of the MV Gloria was too deep to dock at Tacloban. The fact that, in spite of the circumstances, everything was quickly resolved, explains Hoffmann, was the result of continuous communication between all the partners involved and their shared determination to help the victims of the typhoon: “It is clear that, in such an emergency situation, no thought is given to the costs, but solely to the needs of the people, so we did not hesitate and, in line with the citizenship values set out in the ‘Terex Way’, we immediately rose to the occasion.”

Assignment in Tacloban until a long-term functional infrastructure is established

Since the fully assembled crane operates without a rail infrastructure, the commissioning is already underway and the urgently needed cargo handling work will start soon in Tacloban. The crane will remain in the crisis region indefinitely to assist with delivery of urgently needed relief supplies. ICTSI will run the Tacloban port free, and will continue to do so up until the close of the government’s relief operations and normal transportation network has been restored.

About Terex Material Handling & Port Solutions

Through its Material Handling & Port Solutions business segment, Terex Corporation is one of the world’s leading suppliers of industrial cranes, crane components and services under the Demag brand, as well as port technology with a broad range of manual, semi-automated and automated solutions under the Terex® and Terex® Gottwald brands. Terex Material Handling & Port Solutions manufactures in 16 countries on five continents and operates a sales and service network in more than 60 countries.

About Terex

Terex Corporation is a diversified, globally active manufacturer of machinery and equipment. A core activity of Terex Corporation is the provision of reliable, customer-driven solutions for many applications, including the construction, infrastructure, shipping, transportation, quarrying, mining, refining, energy, utility and manufacturing industries. Terex reports in five business segments: Aerial Work Platforms, Construction, Cranes, Material Handling & Port Solutions and Materials Processing. Terex offers financial products and services to assist in the acquisition of Terex equipment through Terex Financial Services. More information can be found at

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