DP Word terminal retrofit for eco-efficiency

mobile harbor crane A Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbor crane will undergo retrofitting to enable it to run off electricity. Image: Konecranes
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A DP World container terminal in Belgium is boosting its eco-efficiency by electrifying a mobile harbour crane.

Konecranes Port Services will retrofit electrification to a Model 2 Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbor crane in DP World’s Liège Container Terminal (LCT) in Belgium. The work will enable the crane to connect to the electricity grid, lowering the terminal’s local emissions and noise.

Olivier Hia, general manager of the DP World LCT, said: “DPW LCT always strives to reduce its environmental impact on the community that it is part of. The project to electrify our hard-working mobile harbor crane will make it quieter and reduce its local emissions. This is another example of our commitment to social responsibility and eco-efficient operations. We are pleased to be working once again with Konecranes, and I have no doubt that our customers and community will be the winners in the end.”

Cable reel mobility

The retrofit will include a cable reel system, allowing the crane to move 150m from the point of connection. If the crane’s electrical system requires maintenance, or if the power supply is disrupted, uptime will be ensured by the existing diesel engine which will become the crane’s backup power supply.

The crane was purchased in 2016 and has been working at DPW LCT’s South Terminal. In September 2019, it will be moved from the South Terminal to the North Terminal to meet expanded productivity demands in that area of the port.

Ordinarily, Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbor cranes are easily transported by barge, but in this instance the bridge network does not permit transport in this way, so Konecranes Port Services will dismantle the crane at the South Terminal and reassemble it in the new location.

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