Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Konecranes Win Major Dock Crane Order For Egypt

Damietta Port to Upgrade Equipment for Increased Trade
Shipping News Feature

EGYPT - State-owned Damietta Container and Cargo Handling Company (DCHC) is to take delivery of six rubber tired gantry (RTG) cranes and two empty container reach stackers (RST) from the Finnish manufacturer Konecranes.

The 16-wheel RTG cranes are fully electrical and hydraulic-free with a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes and can stack a box over five containers high across seven stacks wide. The reach trucks have a lifting capacity of 10 tonnes and can stack six containers high and three deep.

Speaking of the new order Admiral Mohamed Saad Zagloul, Chairman of Damietta Container and Cargo Handling Company said, "These investments are part of our extensive expansion plans for the future. The new equipment will improve our productivity and we look forward to receiving it."

DCHC is located within the Port of Damietta which handled over one and a quarter million TEU’s in 2008. With the area’s close proximity to Suez the estimated turn around in 2009 is estimated at 1.4 million TEU’s and for Konecranes the order represents “a break-through into the important government sector in Egypt,” says Niklas Brönn, Sales Director, Konecranes Middle East. The orders reflect the groups aggressive policy toward expansion of their North African and Middle Eastern sales.