Düsseldorf, 7 February 2012 - Demag Cranes supplies its first Mobile Harbour Crane to Bermuda. A Gottwald HMK 170 E will be taking up commercial operation in the spring of 2012 at the port of Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda, where it will be handling containers and general cargo. The crane will play a key role in future in providing goods to the approximately 70,000 inhabitants of this British overseas territory.
For Stevedoring Services Ltd., the company that will be operating the crane, this new acquisition is an important step towards efficient cargo handling: "Thanks to this HMK 170 E, for the first time in our history, we have a crane that is at the cutting edge of handling technology", enthuses Peter Aldrich, CEO of Stevedoring Services Ltd. When the company placed its order with Demag Cranes, one of the decisive factors was the excellent value-for-money, continues Peter Aldrich.
With this order, Demag Cranes has, once again, penetrated a completely new market. For the first time, the company will have a Mobile Harbour Crane on this island in the North Atlantic which, at the same time, boosts its leading presence in the Caribbean and surrounding region.
Due to the particular geographical situation on the Bermudas, the innovative service approach also played a key part in opting for a Gottwald crane. The new crane is equipped with a teleservice function, Crane Remote Access System, which enables the customer himself and the service engineers at Demag Cranes to access production and diagnostics data around the clock without interrupting crane operation. Even at the headquarters of Demag Cranes in Düsseldorf, it is possible to monitor and analyse the operating state of the crane. In addition, it is possible via the Remote Desktop Tool to access the crane for testing purposes, to carry out certain maintenance work and remedy faults when it is not in normal crane operation. As a result of the restricted space and limited assembly facilities in Hamilton, the crane is to be fully assembled in the North Sea port of Rotterdam, from where it will be shipped to Hamilton via a heavy-load vessel. After a brief final installation and commissioning on site, the crane will be immediately ready for operation.
According to Demag Cranes' Senior Sales Manager, Andreas Moeller, this order was the result of many years of constructive negotiations with the customer. "For some time, we have been in contact with Stevedoring Services Ltd. and are now very pleased that this prospect has now become a firm customer." A decisive reason for the order was the fact that Demag Cranes was able to provide the customer with exactly the product that he was looking for in terms of the technical and operational requirements in Hamilton, Andreas Moeller continues.
Gottwald HMK 170 E Mobile Harbour Crane
It was the restricted space that finally resulted in the choice of the HMK 170 E. This highly compact crane guarantees optimum mobility within the given local conditions. HMK 170 E Mobile Harbour Cranes are favoured for use in terminals that are heavily frequented by smaller freight vessels specially suited to container and general cargo transport. This universal crane has a lifting capacity of up to 63 tonnes and a working radius of up to 38 metres.
About Demag Cranes
The Demag Cranes Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of industrial cranes and crane components, harbour cranes and terminal automation technology. Services, in particular maintenance and refurbishment, are another key element of the Group’s business activities. The Group is divided into the business segments Industrial Cranes, Port Technology and Services and has strong and well-established Demag and Gottwald brands. Demag Cranes sees its core competence in the development and construction of technically sophisticated cranes and hoists as well as automated transport and logistics systems in ports and terminals, the provision of services for these products and the manufacture of high-quality components.
As a global supplier, Demag Cranes manufactures in 16 countries on five continents and operates a worldwide sales and service network that is present in over 60 countries through its subsidiaries such as Demag Cranes & Components GmbH and Gottwald Port Technology GmbH, agencies and a joint venture In financial year 2010/2011, the Group, with its 6,115 employees, generated revenue of EUR 1,062.3 million. Since August 2011, the Terex Group in the United States has held a majority share in the company (www.terex.com).