Cameroon’s Port of Kribi receives new mobile crane for ship handling operations

grue KCTKribi Conteneurs Terminal (KCT) took delivery of a new mobile crane, Gottwald 8412, for ship handling operations

The new equipment boosts the dock-handling capacity of the concessionary of the Port of Kribi container terminal.

With a 100-tonne lifting capacity, the wheel-mounted Gottwald 8412 crane can handle two 20-feet containers at the same time. The crane’s projection capacity extends to the 20th row of containers on board ships, where it can lift 41 tonnes.

As efficient as a dock gantry, this mobile crane offers a productivity of +/- 25 container movements. The ship visit time will be reduced by 30 to 35%, hence improving the quality of the service given to the ship owners and the economic operators of Cameroon, Chad and the Central African Republic.

Eric Lavenu, managing director of Kribi Conteneurs Terminal, stated, “The acquisition of the new mobile crane is part of KCT’s investment plan, which also provides for the arrival of five new RTG yard gantries in 2021. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, KCT is pursuing its programme of investments and continues to work alongside the port authority to boost the competitiveness of the autonomous Port of Kribi. This new investment strengthens our contribution to the competitiveness of the economy and regional trade momentum in the region.”

KCT is thus contributing to a more seamless supply chain in Cameroon and the countries in the sub-region. In addition to its port activities, the company, which employs 300 Cameroonians, leads solidarity initiatives every year in key sectors, such as health, education and environmental protection.

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