Rhenus orders electric harbour crane for deepsea terminal in Rotterdam

PRESS RELEASE – Breakbulk and heavy-lift terminal operator Rhenus Logistics has ordered the first electric mobile harbour crane in the Netherlands for its deepsea terminal in Rotterdam. The eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald crane will use external power supply and can lift loads up to 125 tonnes. 

“For this new order, we wanted a comparable crane as the previous one bought in 2017, but with even better energy efficiency to correspond with the Rhenus Group’s commitment to sustainability and our ambition in Rotterdam for further electrification”, says Managing Director Peter van der Steen.

The new crane will be the fourth Konecranes Gottwald crane on the terminal but what sets it apart from the other ones, is that it uses a 690V external power supply, which will lower operating costs while reducing noise and exhaust emissions at the same time.

The electric crane will give Rhenus a second option for handling up to 125 tonnes of general and heavy project cargo as well as containers. In twin-lift with its sister crane, the terminal can now lift up to 187,5 tonnes.

The previous Model 6 crane Rhenus bought from Konecranes Gottwald is prepared for a same sort of external power supply and the company plans on connecting this harbour crane as well.

To further reduce emissions at the terminal, Rhenus Logistics Rotterdam plans to install solar panels on the roof of its Maasvlakte facility. Additionally, the company is also looking into wind power and shore power for ships.

With 2 terminals, 1700 meters of quay length and water depths between 10,50 and 16,50 meters, Rhenus Port Logistics in Rotterdam is one of the largest independent breakbulk & heavy lift port terminal operators in Europe. Rhenus uses it to handle and store breakbulk metals & steel, forest products, containers and heavy-lift & project cargoes.


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