Demag Cranes supplies its first Mobile Harbour Cranes to Papua New Guinea
Düsseldorf, 23. November 2011
- Four G HMK 6407 cranes for the two largest ports in the country
- Maximum efficiency for grain imports and container handling
Düsseldorf, 23 November 2011 Demag Cranes has now supplied its first Mobile Harbour Cranes to Papua New Guinea. Two Gottwald Model 6 cranes have recently been commissioned in the third-largest island state in the world on behalf of PNG Ports Corporation Ltd., where they are in operation unloading imported grain and containers. Two more cranes are due to be delivered in early 2012. The cranes will be deployed in the country’s most important port, Lae, and in the capital city of Port Moresby, which is also the second-largest port.
“The four new Gottwald Mobile Harbour Cranes are a milestone in our history and of crucial importance to us”, enthuses Brian Riches, CEO of PNG Ports Corporation Ltd. “This high-performance, reliable technology will assist us to fulfil and expand our role as the main regional hub for maritime cargo handling and raw materials export.” The cranes will enable the efficient handling of bulk materials, containers and general cargo to supply our inhabitants and the island's industry.
Through this order, Demag Cranes has consolidated and expanded its position in the region, which is the interface between Asia and Australia. Papua New Guinea is the latest addition to a list of over a hundred countries in which Gottwald Mobile Harbour Cranes are in operation.
Gottwald G HMK 6407: high-performance crane to boost port efficiency
The G HMK 6407 is a Mobile Harbour Crane for high-performance applications and, as a result, perfectly meets the needs of the ports in an island state such as Papua New Guinea, where maritime trade is of crucial importance. The two cranes already supplied were equipped with a 24-cubic metre motor grab each, while the other two will be fitted with spreaders. With lifting capacities of up to 125 tonnes, a working radius of up to 51 metres and hoisting speeds of up to 120 m/min, depending on the specific variant, this model guarantees excellent handling rates. For the ports of Lae and Port Moresby, the purchase of the four G HMK 6407 cranes means that, for the first time, there is state-of-the-art handling technology on hand to load and unload ships. This in itself is a key factor in both the development of the ports and the provision of the country with imported goods. Klaus Röhrig, Gottwald’s Regional Director Asia Pacific, sees the order from the point of view of sustainable strategic presence: “This order could only be secured with the constant assistance of the Queensland office of our Australia Representative Clark Equipment and is another step towards consolidating and expanding our position in this region, which is the interface between Asia and Australia.”
Teleservice support even over long distances: support for customers and cranes around the clock
Since Papua New Guinea is a new market whose infrastructure is currently being developed, the innovative service package played a key part in the order placement process. All these cranes are equipped with the teleservice function which enables the customer himself and the service engineers at Demag Cranes to access production and diagnostics data around the clock without interrupting crane operation. Even at the headquarters of Demag Cranes in Düsseldorf, it is possible to monitor and analyse the operating state of the crane. In addition, it is possible via the Remote Desktop Tool to access the crane for testing purposes, to carry out certain maintenance work and remedy faults when it is not in normal crane operation. The customer's personnel will also be trained in the use and maintenance of the cranes and will take part in regular further training sessions.
PNG Ports Corporation: major participant in trade infrastructure
PNG Ports Corporation Ltd. is responsible for managing and monitoring all 16 of the State-owned ports in Papua New Guinea. This makes the company the largest participant in the trade infrastructure of this country, which is geographically close to the Australian continent. These ports not only handle the majority of food imports for the 6.7 million inhabitants, but also the largest share of raw material exports – including mineral oil, copper, gold and coffee. Against this backdrop, it is essential for PNG Ports Corporation Ltd. to ensure smooth working processes by relying on Gottwald mobile harbour crane technology.
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, 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 August 2011, the Terex Group in the United States (www.terex.com) has held a majority share in the company.
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