Konecranes Oyj: Delivered the first mobile harbor cranes to Guyana to support the growth of Port of Georgetown

In the third quarter of 2022, two port operating companies in Guyana – Muneshwers Ltd. and John Fernandes Ltd. – Together, two Konecranes Generation 6 Gottwald mobile harbor cranes for the construction of cargo handling terminals in the capital, Georgetown. When the cranes arrive in the second quarter of 2023, they will be the first-ever Mobile Harbor Cranes in Guyana, and Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes will be present in all coastal states of South America.

The family businesses John Fernandes Ltd. and Muneshwers Ltd. are working together to establish a regional freight hub for the greater good of Guyana. They have purchased two Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 mobile harbor cranes, which will be able to handle ‘gearless’ ships, ie ships that do not have their own loading/unloading equipment on board. This will be a first for Guyana and will enable the Port of Georgetown to accommodate a much greater variety of cargo vessels, which can also be much larger. Their new cranes will feature the latest technology to maximize productivity, with the flexibility to handle both containers and breakbulk on the quay while minimizing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

“When we were planning our hub it quickly became clear that the right equipment for us was mobile harbor cranes and we made site visits in Jamaica and Florida where we were able to see different brands of cranes in action at customers’ sites,” says Robin Muneshwer, CEO of Muneshwers Ltd .

“Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbor cranes convinced us with their performance, reliability and robustness as well as their excellent eco-efficiency. Their special hybrid propulsion offers us both performance peaks for fast and heavy cargo handling and fuel saving opportunities,” says Philip Fernandes, CEO of John Fernandes Ltd.

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The two cranes are Konecranes Gottwald ESP.6 Generation 6 mobile harbor cranes with a working radius of 49 m and a capacity of 125 t for container ships up to the Panamax class. They are primarily used for container handling, but their flexibility allows them to also handle breakbulk if required. Strong load curves, improved handling performance and a high classification ensure a long service life. The cranes use Konecranes’ innovative hybrid drive, which consists of a modern diesel engine paired with an ultracapacitor that can be recharged with energy from lowering and braking movements. This gives the power needed for peak performance while saving fuel when moving lighter loads.

“We are proud that John Fernandes Ltd and Muneshwers Ltd have chosen Konecranes to provide the first mobile harbor cranes in Guyana. This is a real milestone in the development of professional cargo handling for both Guyana and Konecranes,” says Andreas Moeller, Senior Sales Manager, Americas, Port Solutions, Konecranes.

This order is a great example of ecolifting, Konecranes’ ongoing work to reduce our customers’ carbon footprint. From environmentally-optimized diesel drives to hybridization to fully electrified fleets, we will continue to do more with less.

A strong customer focus and commitment to business growth and continuous improvement make Konecranes a leader in the lifting industry. This is underpinned by investments in digitization and technology, and our work to make material flows more efficient with solutions that decarbonize the economy and promote circularity and safety.

Additional Information:
Andreas Moeller, Senior Sales Manager, Americas, Port Solutions, Konecranes
Email: [email protected] or phone: +49 211 7102 3765

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Konecranes is a world-leading group of lifting companies serving a wide range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes offers productivity-enhancing lifting solutions and services for all brands of lifting equipment. In 2022, group sales amounted to 3.4 billion euros. The group employs around 16,500 people in around 50 countries. Konecranes shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (symbol: KCR).