Konecranes has launched a new sys­tem called COFASTRANS for quickly load­ing and un­load­ing mega ves­sels. The com­pany has a bal­anced prod­uct port­fo­lio that can de­liver steady per­for­mance and high moves per hour

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Q How has been the busi­ness last year? From which of the in­dus­trial sec­tors are you get­ting more de­mand?

A Each of the busi­ness ar­eas within this new group achieved strong per­for­mance. I am es­pe­cially happy that Busi­ness Area Ser­vice has been able to per­form the ma­jor­ity of their in­te­gra­tion work, In­dus­trial Equip­ment has un­der­gone the first phase of its turn­around, and Port Solutions showed a sat­is­fy­ing or­der in­take. These achieve­ments are al­ready am­ple demon­stra­tion of our un­der­ly­ing task – pre­par­ing a solid base upon which to de­velop our next phase, which will be one of growth.

Q In­dia is pro­mot­ing use of in­land wa­ter­ways and coastal ship­ping. Which of the con­tainer and bulk cargo han­dling equip­ment will be re­quired in these op­er­a­tions?

A In­land wa­ter­ways and coastal ship­ping re­quire spe­cialised ves­sels to be op­er­ated and so the equip­ment for load­ing and un­load­ing cargo into them will also be dif­fer­ent. Konecranes pro­poses Konecranes Gottwald Mo­bile Har­bour Cranes, Box­hunter RTG to In­land Wa­ter ways for bulk as well as con­tainer han­dling.

Q Ship­ping lines are adding big­ger ves­sels. What type of de­mand does this cre­ate on equip­ment sup­pli­ers?

A Mega ves­sels gen­er­ate high pres­sure on quay ca­pac­ity. Con­ven­tional STS cranes are reach­ing their lim­its to grow fur­ther. That is why Konecranes launched ear­lier this year a new con­cept for han­dling the megaves­sels called COFASTRANS.

Mega-ves­sels re­quire rev­o­lu­tion, which pro­vides chal­lenges to ter­mi­nal, crane and ves­sel con­cepts. COFASTRANS, a fast and eco-ef­fi­cient trans­ship­ment sys­tem for ul­tra large con­tainer ves­sels, can sup­port high vol­ume pro­duc­tion. COFASTRANS is a sys­tem for load­ing and un­load­ing large con­tainer ships us­ing an in­no­va­tive por­tal crane and in­dented berth, in­stead of the ex­ist­ing can­tilever cranes and long straight line berths. The ob­jec­tive is to sub­stan­tially im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of con­tainer trans­porta­tion in terms of time, cost and en­vi­ron­men­tal impact.

The ship is cen­tral to the work­ing area with cargo han­dled over both sides, cut­ting in half any con­ges­tion at the quay­side. The new por­tal cranes have been de­signed so that each crane can line up and ad­dress two rows of on-ship con­tain­ers si­mul­ta­ne­ously, with each row be­ing ser­viced by two trol­leys. This can dou­ble the num­ber of lift­ing hooks over the ship and re­duces the out­reach dis­tance by half. Ship­ping com­pa­nies have been call­ing for 250 berth moves per hour (up from about 150 at present) and no cur­rent sys­tem can get close. COFASTRANS can ex­ceed 250 and also uses less seafront land. The ef­fi­ciency of COFASTRANS is built from adap­ta­tion of the lat­est con­tainer han­dling tech­niques com­bined with large crane tech­nol­ogy from the ship­build­ing in­dus­try as well as ves­sel nav­i­ga­tion in con­fined wa­ters, such as seen at the Panama Canal.

Q What fea­tures cus­tomers look for while choos­ing cargo han­dling equip­ment?

Sea­ports and ter­mi­nals across the globe are in a pur­suit to de­crease con­ges­tion and re­duce the turn­around time of ships as well as trucks and rakes by mov­ing cargo (con­tain­ers) quickly yet ef­fi­ciently and in a safe and re­li­able man­ner. Here pro­duc­tiv­ity of the equip­ment used for load­ing and un­load­ing cargo is of prime im­por­tance. Hence, high pro­duc­tiv­ity, safety and re­li­a­bil­ity are the top three fea­tures that peo­ple look for while choos­ing an equip­ment.

Shyam Pathak Sales Direc­tor (South Asia), Konecranes

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