Leading Turkish container terminal and port operator, Yilport Holding, is working with Konecranes Ports Services on the recommissioning of 23 port cranes as part of a plan to revitalize Italy’s Taranto Port in the South East of the country.
Yilport Holding plans to use the port’s central location to create a thriving Mediterranean hub, supporting its broader ambition to become one of the top ten container terminal operators in the world.
“We have strong ambitions in the Mediterranean. The opportunities presented by Taranto port require tremendous focus and we are pleased to have Konecranes on board. We look forward to having the port back in full operation by the end of 2020, with more exciting reinvestment plans to follow,” said Mr Robert Yildrim, Owner, Yilport Holding.
The revitalised port involved the recommissioning of seven Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes and 16 Rail-Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes that were previously inactive. Konecranes has commenced this project in January 2020, after signing the contract in December 2019.
The first task will be to move the seven STS cranes 100 meters down the quay so they can start operations. Several of the RMG cranes will also be recommissioned in the first half of 2020, and the remaining RMGs will be brought online by the end of 2020.
Mr Vicent Llado, Director, Port Services Mediterranean, says the agreement supports Konecranes’ strategy to become the premier port services provider to brownfield terminal developments. “Konecranes continues to grow its aftermarket port services and product range, including turnkey projects on any brand of crane.”