Finnish manufacturer and service provider of cranes and lifting equipment Konecranes has received an order to supply a Konecranes Gottwald Model 2 Mobile Harbour Crane to handle containers and general cargo in Baro, the northernmost port of Nigeria
The Nigerian company First Index Project and Services Ltd, operating as a public sector supplier, purchased the eco-efficient, diesel-electric crane for the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).
The crane’s main components, pre-tested in the factory, is expected to be shipped to Lagos and then transported by land to Baro, situated 650km inland on the River Niger.
The Model 2 mobile harbour crane is part of an investment in sustainable port infrastructure in Baro.
Boss Mustpha, former managing director of NIWA and the main sponsor of the project, explained, “The Port of Baro is vital for Nigeria’s economy. In Baro, freight that arrives on the Niger River from the Atlantic is forwarded inland by train and road, and vice versa. To ensure productive and reliable cargo handling at this hub, we have opted for the first time for a Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane. The versatile Model 2 crane is the perfect choice for our terminal, where a highly efficient operation is required.”
Andreas Czwalinna, regional sales manager at Konecranes Port Solutions, said, “Model 2 was specially developed for use in small terminals, situated in seaports or, as in the case of NIWA, in river ports.”
The diesel-electric Model 2 two-rope crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 80 tonnes and an outreach of up to 40 metre.