Demag Cranes supplies Mobile Harbour Cranes to Canada for bulk handling

Düsseldorf,   07. June 2011

  • Port Technology segment’s position in bulk-handling market further consolidated
  • First Gottwald Mobile Harbour Cranes with 4-rope grabs for Canada

Düsseldorf, 7 June 2011. Demag Cranes has received an order to supply two Mobile Harbour Cranes to Canada. The two identical machines are 4-rope grab cranes for professional bulk handling. Vale Inco Limited (Vale), the second-largest mining and metals company in the world, a new Demag Cranes customer, will be using the cranes for handling nickel and limestone at its terminal in Long Harbour (southeast Newfoundland and Labrador).

“The bulk market offers tremendous potential and has, for some years, been a focal point in our Port Technology segment,” emphasised Thomas H. Hagen, Member of the Management Board of Demag Cranes AG and COO. “Around a quarter of the Gottwald Harbour Cranes sold last year are for professional bulk handling. The considerable strategic importance to Demag Cranes of the bulk-handling market is also reflected in the acquisition of the UK company DB Controls. That company has renowned capabilities in software and advisory services in the field of automating bulk-handling equipment. This acquisition has further extended our range of services in this key segment of the market.”

Additional information:

G HMK 6407 B Mobile Harbour Crane
The G HMK 6407 B Mobile Harbour Crane with the 4-rope grab is a variant of the Model 6 Harbour Crane. Designed to withstand the rigours of high-end use, Model 6 Harbour Cranes are for high-performance applications and thus achieve enhanced handling rates. This 4-rope grab G HMK 6407 B variant has a 50-tonne grab curve in A8 classification and, depending on the local conditions, achieves handling rates of up to 1000 tph. The machine can service bulk carriers up to Capesize.

Four-rope grab cranes for professional bulk handling
The 4-rope grab variant, designed specifically for the professional handling of bulk materials, has become a firm favourite worldwide among terminal operators at universal and special purpose terminals as an alternative to custom-built equipment. Customers profit from low specific investment costs for acquisition, operation and creation of the entire quay infrastructure and short delivery and erection times. For individual requirements, special equipment, e.g. dust protection systems, are available. The 4-rope grab variant of the Gottwald Mobile Harbour Crane, as well as the Portal Harbour Cranes and Floating Cranes derived from it, still retains its versatility. Equipped with a broad range of lifting gear, these machines can load and unload any type of cargo.

G HMK 6407 B for Vale, Canada
The two new G HMK 6407 B Gottwald cranes for Vale are to enter service early in 2012 in Long Harbour in the southeast of Newfoundland and Labrador and will handle nickel and limestone.

Like all other Gottwald Harbour Cranes, these two machines are fitted with the Visumatic® crane management system. Among the many extras included there is an active anti-dust system, a specially customised propping system and a high tower. The scope of supply also includes four large grabs, an automatic spreader and a fixed spreader.

The decision to opt for Gottwald’s 4-rope grab crane was influenced by the convincing state-of-the-art technology available from Demag Cranes and the fact that a large number of these crane variants have been in use worldwide in the most diverse terminals for some years.

“We are proud to have won such a prestigious, worldwide industry leader as Vale as a new customer,” enthused Robert Histon, Regional Director North America. “Having supplied many Mobile Harbour Cranes for container and general cargo handling to Canada, we are particularly pleased to have received an order for a bulk application.”

About Demag Cranes
The Demag Cranes Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of industrial cranes and crane components, harbour cranes and terminal automation technology. Services, in particular maintenance and refurbishment services, are another key element of the Group’s business activities. The Group is divided into the business segments Industrial Cranes, Port Technology and Services and has strong and well-established Demag and Gottwald brands. Demag Cranes sees its core competence in the development and construction of technically sophisticated cranes and hoists as well as automated transport and logistics systems in ports and terminals, the provision of services for these products and the manufacture of high-quality components.

As a global supplier, Demag Cranes manufactures in 16 countries on five continents and operates a worldwide sales and service network that is present in over 60 countries through its subsidiaries such as Demag Cranes & Components GmbH and Gottwald Port Technology GmbH, agencies and a joint venture. In financial year 2009/2010, the Group, with its 5,711 employees, generated revenue of EUR 931.3 million. Since the end of June 2006, the Demag Cranes share (WKN: DCAG01) has been listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and is traded on various indices including the MDAX®.

Demag Cranes AG. We Can Handle It.


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