TURKEY: Four port terminals in Turkey have bought eight of Gottwald Port Technology's Generation 5 mobile harbor cranes. The orders include two of the G HMK 7408 Mobile Harbor Crane for longstanding customer Mardas Marmara Deniz Isletmeciligi and two to Yilport Container Terminal, a new customer. Both are in the Istanbul area.

One G HMK 7408 and two G HMK 6407s have been ordered by new customer Rodaport in Gemlik Bay on the southern Marmara Sea. Gemport already operates four Gottwald cranes. Antalya, which has previously been supplied with an HMK 300 E, has ordered one G HMK 6407.

Since the first Gottwald crane was delivered to the Port of Ambarli in 1997, a total of 35, including four used cranes, have been sold to Turkey. “Turkey has been the pivot point for trade in the Eastern Mediterranean since the early days,”said Bülent Sandal, Gottwald representative in Istanbul.

The new Generation 5 series is available in lifting capacities up to 200 metric tons. The G HMK 7408 is designed to cope with containers stacked six-high on deck on vessels up to post-Panamax size. To do this it has a higher tower, a raised boom pivot point (of 23.2 meters) and higher-mounted tower cab (26.5 meters viewing level), meaning the crane can come right up alongside the ship and increase the operator's visibility.

Operating radius is from 11 to 51 meters (36 and 167 feet, respectively) and maximum lifting capacity is 100 metric tons. Maximum lifting heights are 12 meters (39 feet) below quay level and 40 meters (131 feet) above. Maximum hoisting speed is 90 meters (295 feet) per minute and the cranes have a two-rope hoist. Power is from the onboard 895 kW diesel generator.

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