One of Gottwald’s most recent projects involves a G HSK 7432 B
portal harbour crane, a Generation 5 variant of Model 7, for
APM Terminals Pipavav in Gujarat India. Port Pipavav, offering a
broad range of cargo handling services, including container,
general, project and liquid cargo as well as bulk, is run by APM
Terminals, part of the Danish-based A.P. Moller-Maersk Group,
one of the largest container terminal operators in the world.
With a 57.9% stake, APM is the majority shareholder in Port
In the field of bulk and general cargo, Port Pipavav handles a
variety of goods, such as coal, cement, clinker, fertilizers, steel,
iron ore, agribulk, salt and soda ash. With modern handling
facilities, excellent road and rail connectivity and the capability to
berth Panamax vessels, the all-weather port is being developed
to become the most competitive port on the West Coast of
India for handling bulk. The port was one of the first in the
country to invest in modern bulk handling equipment and it was
the very first Indian port to welcome a Gottwald mobile
harbour crane, which was also the first ever mobile harbour
crane in India for the efficient handling of bulk materials and
general cargo, a Generation 4, HMK 296 E crane. In addition,
the port commissioned a 1.2km-long conveyor belt.
In the course of the years, Port Pipavav has developed an
extensive support infrastructure including warehousing, open
stockyards, weighbridges and a dedicated on-dock rail facility
with rail sidings inside the port. To further streamline the
movement of bulk, APM Terminals Pipavav has recently ordered
an additional Gottwald crane, this time a portal harbour crane,
which will primarily be used for handling coal. Flexibility to
handle a broad range of other cargoes if the situation arises, low
specific investment costs, a much reduced deadweight compared
to purpose-built equipment, Gottwald’s ability to supply a
customer-orientated solution which can seamlessly be integrated
in the complex logistics chain within a very short time plus the
excellent experience with its existing crane, were some of the
major reasons for the port to opt for a Gottwald crane instead
of purpose-built equipment. The cargo handling performance of
these Gottwald cranes, which have predominantly been sold for
use in professional bulk terminals, makes them a cost-effective
alternative to custom-built ship unloading gear and bulk gantry
The new G HSK 7432 B crane, which is scheduled to start
commercial operation in the course of 2010, is a variant of
Gottwald’s Generation 5, Model 7 series. Designed to be
extremely robust, Model 7 harbour cranes are a popular choice,
in particular, for high-performance applications and terminals
where high annual working volumes are achieved. With a
57-tonne grab curve, the four-rope grab crane will form an
integral part of a complex, carefully balanced bulk handling chain,
including hoppers and conveyor systems, and will make an
important contribution to the reliable and uninterrupted
handling of coal and other bulk materials.
This rail-mounted crane is designed for a track gauge of 15m
and a clear portal height of 6m adapted to the individual
conditions in the port. The electrically driven crane obtains its
power from the shore supply.