Konecranes modernises 1960-era cranes

Konecranes is refurbishing two cranes, taking them from their 1960s original design to the 21st century for EDF Luminus, an electricity and gas distributor in Belgium.

The global lifting leader is modernising two lattice portal cranes at Luminus Monsin Hydro Power Station in Liège, Belgium. The energy producer supplies nearly 10 percent of the country’s production capacity.

The project includes refurbishing two cranes and modernising them with new CXT hoists and electrics, as well as Demag motor-gear drives for gantry travel. The project will be completed in August.

“We’re revamping both gantry cranes to improve their operational safety and reliability for the next 35 years,” said Daniel Harvey, director Sales & Operations, IS EMEA Europe West. “Konecranes is already partnering with the EDF group and key customers in France and the UK, so we’re happy to extend that relationship and offer our equipment’s technical advantages to Belgium.”

Last month HES Gdynia Bulk Terminal SP (HES Gdynia), on the coast of northern Poland, ordered an eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 Mobile Harbor Crane for continuous-duty bulk handling for delivery by the end of 2019.

HES Gdynia is part of HES International, one of Europe’s largest independent terminal operators for dry and liquid bulk products. The Model 6 is suitable to handle different kind of dry bulk materials and able to travel between two quays.

“Another HES terminal in the Port of Rotterdam already operates a Model 6 and it has consistently demonstrated high performance and reliability,” commented HES Gydnia Commercial director Sonia Florczuk. “Its low cost of ownership and long service life convinced us to invest also in Poland. It was also customized for the challenging conditions on the quay at our Gdynia terminal.”