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First MHC for Townsville

First MHC for Townsville

(Posted on 03/09/19)

Townsville Marine Logistics Pty Ltd, on the

north-eastern coast of Australia, has received an electric

Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 Mobile Harbour Crane. The crane

is the backbone of the company’s bulk and container

operations.    

Founded in 2018, Townsville Marine Logistics is a stevedoring

company located in Townsville, a medium-sized town on the North

Queensland coast. It is a subsidiary of Korea Zinc, an international

leader in smelting, and their primary customer is a sister organization,

Sun Metals Refinery. Recent growth in mining created greater demand

for cargo handling in the region, and they needed efficient, reliable,

and high-performance port equipment to help them build a stronger

“We are thrilled to partner with Konecranes on the purchase of our

first mobile harbour crane in Townsville,” says Damien Scott, Operations

Manager. “Under a tight schedule, it was good to see commissioning

completed swiftly and professionally. We’re now in the training and

familiarization phase, and are confident we’ll soon achieve best practice

productivity with our new Model 6 crane. We are already planning for a

second one.”

The Port of Townsville is the largest cargo port in Northern Australia. Imports include essential everyday goods such as fuel, furniture, electrical goods, cement and bitumen. North Queensland farmers export agricultural products, and mining company's need the Townsville port to export minerals.

Located 1,360 kilometres north of Brisbane on the east coast of Queensland, the Port of Townsville's 8 berths handled nearly $8 billion in trade during the 2016-17 financial year.

Townsville is the number one exporter in Australia of copper, zinc, lead and sugar and with its close locality to Asian markets, it is ideally placed to service a growing economy.

The new crane is a Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 Mobile Harbour

Crane in the two-rope variant G HMK 6507, with a maximum capacity

of 125 tons. It features several smart crane features, including a landside lowering function,

which reduces noise and the possibility of damage to the spreader, containers and wharf.

It has built-in preparedness to use power from the port’s grid in the future for more

eco-efficient operation. This will reduce the crane’s energy

consumption and eliminate local exhaust emissions. This fulfills the

strict environmental requirements of both Townsville Marine Logistics

and the trade association Ports Australia.

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