Grupo CICE boosts container, general and project cargo handling capacity
Mexican terminal operator Grupo CICE (Corporación Integral de Comercio Exterior) has turned to Konecranes gear as it targets expansion in both containers and general and project cargo handling capacity. The operator has ordered its first Generation 6 Konecranes Gottwals mobile harbor crane and will be delivered to the Port of Veracruz in April 2022.
CICE provides port and logistics services since 1991 at several locations in Mexico from their head office in Veracruz. The Port of Veracruz is the oldest and largest port in the country and includes CICE’s largest facility. With a continuing expansion of terminal capacity, CICE is looking to upgrade its equipment with a high-capacity crane that can handle both containers and general and project cargo.
“We are expecting larger vessels to call at our terminal in the Port of Veracruz, so we need to invest in a larger crane. We have operated nine Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes over the last 20 years, and have been very satisfied with their performance and reliability. So Konecranes Gottwald has been the first choice in this crane acquisition process. This new Generation 6 crane, which will be crane number ten, promises even more handling capacity and service life,” says Leoncio Perez, CEO at Grupo CICE.
The new Generation 6 crane will be a Konecranes Gottwald ESP.9 Mobile Harbor Crane, with a working radius of up to 61 metres and a lifting capacity of 125 tons. It features a tower extension for reaching higher container stacks on deck and a better view of the vessels and working environment. It provides a strong lifting capacity curve for high handling performance and an A7 classification in container handling for a long service life.
Commenting on the order, Marc Wallenerg, regional sales manager for Konecranes Port Solutions says it shows the company’s ability to adapt to changing customer needs. “It opens another chapter in the success story of Konecranes in the Americas, as the eyes of customers in the region are opening to see the benefits of our new Generation 6 mobile harbor crane,” he said.