This summer, Townsville Marine Logistics Pty Ltd, on the northeastern coast of Australia, 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 its primary customer is a sister organisation, 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 business.
“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 familiarisation 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 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 t. It features several smart crane features, including a land-side 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 fulfils the strict environmental requirements of both Townsville Marine Logistics and the trade association Ports Australia.
“In the short time since Townsville Marine Logistics bought their first Model 6, they’ve secured two additional new customers,” says Mike Green, Regional Director Sales APAC for Konecranes mobile harbour cranes. “This shows tremendous confidence in the Konecranes brand, and has reinforced their commitment to a long-term partnership with us.”