Port of Blyth orders Konecranes’ mobile harbor crane
One of the UK’s major project cargo hubs for the offshore energy industry, Port of Blyth has placed an order for a Konecranes Gottwald ESP.6 mobile harbor crane. The unit will be deployed at the newly refurbished Bates Clean Energy terminal in the North East of England.
Konecranes informs that the fully erected crane will be delivered in April 2022 and will be the first Generation 6 crane to be delivered to the UK.
Port of Blyth handles a wide range of cargo across three major terminals, with a key focus on supporting internationally significant projects and mobilisations in the offshore energy sector. Positioned midway between Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth, the port is home to a mature supply chain of offshore energy related businesses and is considered a one stop shop for all energy related activities carried out in the North Sea. The Port also supports transportation of a whole range of goods and materials and facilitates a twice weekly container service from Europe.
“Our recently modernised quay at our flagship Bates Clean Energy Terminal now has mains access, so the crane can operate fully on electricity. Their ESP.6 mobile harbor crane suits our requirements perfectly,” says Alan Todd, port director at the Port of Blyth.
This Generation 6 Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane is equipped with an external power supply. Thanks to its electrical design concept, efficiency increases when connected to the harbor mains. It completely eliminates local carbon emissions and reduces noise to an absolute minimum. I
n addition, a smart power management system recovers energy from braking and lowering movements which can then be re-used by other crane functions, or alternatively fed back into the harbor mains, as needed. The crane also offers the flexibility to be operated on nearby quays not yet connected to the mains, with its state-of-the-art onboard diesel generator set.
The new crane is a Konecranes Gottwald ESP.6 Mobile Harbor Crane supplied with a working radius of 49 metres and a capacity of 125 tons. Its long reach, high working speeds and strong lifting capacity curves will add efficiency and precision to the delivery of large offshore wind farm components and high value project cargo – while improving the environmental credibility of the port.