The cranes will transship bauxite off the coast of Guinea, on the open sea. Bauxite is shipped on river barges to the open sea where the floating cranes load it onto oceangoing vessels heading for Asia, as the bauxite is transported from mining regions to end users.

Winning Logistics is a member of the Singapore-based Winning International Group and has been operating Konecranes Gottwald Floating Cranes since 2015 when it began its bauxite transshipment activities. Its off-shore bulk handling activity has since grown, leading to the new order.

The Model 8 cranes are designed in accordance with the Lloyd’s Register Code for lifting appliances in a marine environment, says Konecranes, and are able to operate in wind speeds of up to 24m/s and with maximum wave heights of 2.5m. The new machines also feature 63t grab curves and a maximum lifting capacity of 100t, enabling operators to lift project cargo such as heavy machinery.

Wang Chuanyang, general manager at Winning Logistics said: “With the new delivery, our fleet will consist of six Konecranes Gottwald Floating Cranes, helping Winning Logistics to reach its growth objectives. The cranes play a key role in the supply chain of Guinea.”

Giuseppe Di Lisa, sales and marketing director for Mobile Harbor Cranes at Konecranes Port Solutions, said: “We are proud to have received a repeat order from Winning Logistics. This is a clear expression of the customer’s satisfaction with the performance and efficiency of the Konecranes Gottwald Floating Cranes in operation off the coast away from quay infrastructure.”