Another German choice for Gallozzi, though from the competitor
SCT received its new Liebherr mobile crane, adding to its lifting equipment fleet consisting mainly of Gottwald cranes
Unloading operations of the new crane strengthening SCT Salerno Container Terminal's (Gallozzi Group) port facilities were completed before Central Thyrrhenian Sea Port Authority's top managers (Pietro Spirito and Francesco Messineo) and Salerno terminal operator's ones (Agostino Gallozzi and Massimiliano Riccardi).
The Liebherr LHM 600 HR crane, built by the German company and transported semi-assembled to the Campania port, can work on full containerships with over double capacity compared to the current ones. Also thanks to this crane, SCT will raise the operating limit for vessels docking at Salerno from the current 5-6,000 TEUs capacity to 13-15,000 TEUs.
The main crane body is 51 meters high and its lift arm is 31 meters from the ground; the crane's straddle towards the sea reaches a distance of 58 meters, with a lifting height of 45 meters; the operator's cab is 37 meters high.
SCT finally chose the supplier for the next 3 quay cranes as he had anticipated to Ship2Shore three months ago. Gallozzi had quantified the investment in a dozen out of the 20 million investment budgeted for the next year and a half in order to strengthen SCT's equipment. In the end, the Campania company opted for another German supplier, although this time the crane manufacturer is the competitor Liebherr rather than its traditional supplier Gottwald.
After the first rubber-tired crane delivered on time this summer, the second one should arrive by the end of 2017, and the third one at the beginning of 2018. It is possible that the choice was not a matter of price, but also by delivery times because SCT is eager to grow.
“The renovation of our fleet is an integral part of the industrial plan focused on the rise of qualitative and quantitative levels of the Terminal's handling capacity, therefore it aims at seizing growing opportunities related both to the infrastructure development programme fro Salerno's port, and to the arrival of increasingly large full container ships. Our new crane – SCT's president pointed out – is the first and most important step for the operational development plan and it represents our pro-active response to the fact that, not only the two major worldwide shipping alliances (Ocean Alliance and The Alliance) chose to make use of SCT, but also many other prestigious shipping companies that have been relying on the efficiency and competitiveness of our performances for years. With this crane STC enters an even greater size class of international shipping, thus we will be able to provide our services to other overseas traffic routes, both towards the East and the West. Our strategic aim consists in continuing to develop the concept of port multi-connectivity to provide Southern Italian exporters with frequent and competitive connections with all worldwide markets.
These highest potential cranes are intended for the port of Salerno after its restructuring: dredging, new and wider entrance, West Gate tunnels. We have demonstrated that the private party promptly responds to the market challenge, therefore now it is essential that also the public party rapidly makes up for lost time in order not to compromise the positive traffic growth recorded for SCT and for the whole Salerno port during the first half of 2017” Gallozzi concluded with a polemical tone.