On Thursday December 2nd, the Port of Kokkola officially put into service the new 17359 GA-E E-Crane. The E-Crane was successfully installed in November and has since been working smoothly for about 400 hours.
All cargo handling machines owned by the Port of Kokkola receive a name, and on the day of commissioning it was time for their 14th new machine, the E-Crane, to be “baptized”. At 11h30 all invitees gathered at Kokkola’s city hall from where a bus drove them to the harbour. Once they arrived at the E-Crane in the harbour, Mr. Torbjörn Witting, Director of the Port of Kokkola, held a brief speech. Ms. Kaija Jestoi, who has been the liaison between the town of Kokkola and the Port of Kokkola for many years now, baptized the crane “NORA” with the traditional bottle of champagne (shown in picture on the right).
After the ribbon cutting ceremony, all invitees got a piece of the ribbon to take home with them.
On the picture from left to right: Tapio Lampinen (POK), Leon Hendrickx (E-Crane International Europe), Peter Muller (Port-Trade), Torbjörn Witting (POK), Karl-Owe Svensson (Boliden AB), Jarmo Herronen (Boliden Kokkola Oy), Stefan Anderson (Chairman City Council Kokkola). In front: Mr. Oula Airiola (played the Fanfare).
Following the inauguration in the port, the bus took all guests to the reception room for an excellent lunch with musical entertainment by Mats Möller & Tapani Riippa.
In his speech, Mr. Tjobörn Witting thanked E-Crane International for a very pleasant cooperation. He claimed this project was the “easiest” one in all his time at Port of Kokkola: E-Crane fully understood his wishes, and he was extremely pleased with how the negotiations, technical meetings and training sessions went.
We in our turn would like to thank all involved for a pleasant cooperation and wish the Port of Kokkola lots of success in the future!