October 26 - In response to the growing demand for heavy cargo handling capabilities the Port of Brownsville purchased a second mobile harbour crane with a maximum lifting capacity of 125 tonnes.

The addition of the Terex Gottwald G HMK 5506 mobile harbour crane will improve the port's productivity and enhance its reputation of reliability in handling and moving cargo. The crane cost USD3.16 million, weighs 360 tonnes and arrived by ship from Germany. It is currently being assembled at the port's newest heavy load dock and is expected to be operational in November. 

In addition to its lifting capacity, the crane also has a maximum radius of 51 m and is powered by an environmentally friendly low-emission diesel-powered generator.

"This second crane not only increases efficiencies, but also eliminates potential vessel delays," said Brownsville Navigation District chairman Ralph Cowen.

The new crane's handling capacity includes dry bulk, heavy lift cargo and containers.

HLPFI readers may recall that in August 2013, the Port of Brownsville awarded the contract for the construction of a new general cargo dock - Cargo Dock 16 - to Shoreline Foundation Inc. See the article here.