Konecranes head to Brazil to service super-size ships



Super Terminais Comercio e Industria Ltda, a private cargo terminal at the Port of Manaus, Brazil, has ordered three eco-efficient Generation 6 Konecranes Gottwald ESP.10 cranes to help service the world’s biggest shipping vessels.

The cranes, ordered in June 2021, will be used to handle containers and general cargo.

A river port located at the confluence of the Amazon River and the Rio Negro in the heart of Brazil, the Port of Manaus is an important commercial centre and transport hub for the upper Amazon basin.

In operation for 25 years, Super Terminais is focused on import cargo and cabotage, and requires high-performance harbor cranes to load and unload a continuous flow of freight through the region.

Interested in increasing their capacity to manage the megaships in use today, they ordered three Konecranes Gottwald ESP.10 Pedestal Cranes for installation on their new floating pier, which had been built specially to accommodate a recent influx of larger vessels coming down the Amazon river.

“Konecranes has been able to provide us with a specially tailored, holistic solution consisting of reliable, high-performance cranes that fit perfectly onto our unusual quay,” says Marcello Di Gregorio, managing director of Super Terminais.

“This equipment will significantly expand our capacity and give opportunities for future growth and development. The choice of this equipment brought the perfect solution that goes in line with our philosophy of environmental preservation and sustainability, uniting productivity, technology and reliability.”

Andreas Moeller, senior sales manager, mobile harbor cranes, for Konecranes Port Solutions, added: “We consulted closely with Super Terminais, and our new Generation 6 electric cranes overcame the special challenges that a hot climate and the floating pier presented us. This demonstrates the importance of a solid partnering relationship with customers and the flexibility of our equipment in a range of applications and working environments.” 

The three new cranes are Konecranes Gottwald ESP.10 Mobile Harbor Cranes, mounted in a row on pedestals on a floating pier instead of on wheels or tracks. With a maximum radius of 64 m, and strong lifting capacity curves, they can service vessels up to super-post-Panamax class, with fully laden containers up to the 22nd row.

Smart crane features combined with a maximum lifting capacity of 125 t make it versatile enough to handle both containers and general cargo.

The cranes will be connected to an external power supply on shore, to increase efficiency and fully comply with regional emission standards.