Terminal operator Yilport Holding, a subsidiary of Yildrim Group, has recently obtained two Liebherr LHM 600 mobile harbour cranes for its recently acquired terminal Puerto Quetzal, located 102 km from Guatemala City.
The machines are equipped with a tower extension of 12 m, which ensures a maximum cabin height of more than 37 m. As stated by the manufacturer, the higher position of the operator cabin ensures high visibility into deep cargo holds and enables highly efficient container handling with maximum safety.
With a maximum outreach of 58 m, twin lift capability and a lifting capacity of 104 t, the LHM 600 is capable of servicing vessels up to 19 container rows wide and nine container stacks high.
Both cranes were shipped fully erected, that allows them to be ready for operation shortly after driving off the vessel onto the quay, from Germany to Guatemala by the Ro-Ro vessel “Rolldock Storm”
According to Liebherr, Yilport Holding has an option for two more machines in 2019.
The British premium crane service provider for mobile cranes RRC Cranes Hire Ltd, with Road Rail Cranes Ltd, has just extended its fleet with a new Demag AC 300-6 all terrain crane, unseen in United Kingdom. This 300t model (350 US ton) combined strength with the ability to lift 15t on a full meter boom. “Since adding our first specialized crane in early 2013, we’ve worked hard to build an impeccable reputation for network rail infrastructure,” said Ian Cross, managing director for RRC. “From the very beginning, we knew the company would be successful if we employed highly trained operators and equipped them with quality and innovative equipment. The Demag AC 300-6 all terrain crane exemplifies those standards and will be a great addition as we continue to grow as a company.” In total, RRC Group owns and operates more than 24 Terex and Demag cranes.
DP World’s Jebel Ali Terminal 1 has taken a delivery of six Konecranes forklift trucks. Ordered in November 2017, the forklift trucks delivered in June are the model Konecranes SMV16-1200C with a lifting capacity of 16 metric tons at 1200 millimetres and a wheelbase of 3750 millimetres. To fulfil DP World’s safety requirements the machines are equipped with overload protection system, disabled forklift operation when seatbelt is disengaged and Groeneveld Greensight reverse system, which is an obstacle detection system combining reverse camera with ultrasound sensors for enhanced safety. Yahya Al Suwaidi, Manager Plant Workshop T1, DP World UAE Region, said: “Since we have very demanding operations we need machines with high productivity and minimum downtime. Due to the quality and reliability of the machines together with excellent aftersales support we choose Konecranes.”
DP World has 65 marine terminals across six continents with Jebel Ali Port, voted as the best seaport in the middle east, as their flagship facility.
Ale has completed the delivery of two transformers, weighing 75t each, through a 2,000km route to Al Farsha Substation in the south west of Saudi Arabia. The main task of the heavy lifting contractor was to find a feasible solution for transporting the transformers to the power station as the route had never been attempted before. Ale has been the first company to provide the client with a solution, previous attempts had been made by other companies, but was deemed infeasible and only reached Baish, 700km from Jeddah. The final route selected presented many different challenges, such as traversing across 13 cities and towns, climbing to a high-altitude height of 2,500m, descending 1,500m downhill through mountainous passes, negotiating 21 tunnels, performing civil works and working in unpredictable bad weather conditions. Ale has completed this task within eleven days.
The Blackpool Zoo, located in the seaside resort of Blackpool in the north of England, has purchased a Bobcat T590 compact track loader for its new Project Elephant, a state-of-the-art pavilion that has been built to house a breeding herd of Asian Elephants. Thanks to the low ground pressure and stability of the tracked undercarriage, the new T590 has proved to be the right machine for working on the deep fine sand that covers a large part of the floor surface of the new elephant enclosure.
“The machine will be used for hay and straw unloading, feed deliveries and moving animal crates, grounds work in the animal paddocks and clearing out animal bedding as well as maintenance work around the Zoo ground,” says Zoo’s Head Keeper, Luke Minns.
The operation involved receiving six crew boats, 22-meter long, less than 6-meter wide and 9-meter high, from Ex Works a shipyard in Singapore, to the specially chartered heavy lift vessel. Each crew boat had to be transported on their cradle, with a total weight of 45 tons. The main challenge for Bolloré Logistics Singapore was to meet the very short deadlines for the preparation of operations and the coordination between the various stakeholders.
As the boats could not be “self-navigated” in Singapore waters and could not be wet-towed by local tugs from the shipyard to the chartered vessel, Bolloré Logistics Singapore had to mobilize the barges which allowed a load out in a very narrow location.
Although the preparation took place very shortly before loading, Bolloré Logistics Singapore was able to quickly mobilize its teams of specialists. They have come up with a large number of innovative solutions which were then offered to the customer. Once the plans were fixed and agreed, the entire operation was smooth and the vessels were loaded without delay or Lost Time Injury (LTI).
The English transport company ALS has participated in the project to transport 1,185 wagons from Poland to Saudi Arabia. The cargo, was divided into three types of wagons with dimensions of L:14.35 m x W:3.20 m x H: 4.50 m for a weight of 30 t each. They were transported by rail from the Polish factory to the port of Gdansk before making the trip by sea to Saudi Arabia. Arriving at Dammam, the wagons were loaded via a ramp onto specially prepared roll trailers with embedded rails, then lashed and secured for the sailing to their final destination. The entire project lasted 20 months.
Located in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany, the crane service provider Wiesbauer just acquired their first Demag AC 55-3 all terrain crane. This new machine will be delivered in Plankstadt, where the Rhein Neckar branch of the company is based. « We mainly purchased the AC 55-3 for use in the construction of cellars, prefabricated houses, and lifting ventilation equipment », explained Norman Weitzel, Managing Director of the branch.
The three-axle AC 55-3 has been launched in March 2018. Its telescopic main boom reaches 50m and it has a lifting capacity of 55t. With a width of 2,55m and a 12t axle load limit capacity, the AC 55-3 can also be configured for an axle load limit of 10t if required.
Malta Freeport Terminals recently ordered fifteen Konecranes Rubber Tired Gantries to the Finnish manufacturer. Equipped with Konecranes technologies such as Auto-steering, Stack Collision Reporting and Auto-TOS Reporting features, “ they will stack 1-over-6 containers high and 6 rows plus truck lane wide “, according to the manufacturer. The first ones will be delivered at the end of the year and the others in spring 2019.
The American Southeastern and Caribbean Island company Renegar-Driggers, distributor of the Terex Cranes company, will « add six new Demag all terrain cranes to its inventory » as mentioned by the manufacturer. Among these machines, there are one 100t capacity AC 100-4L, two 160t capacity AC 160-5 models and three 220t capacity AC 220-5 units. The delivery will be done over the next several months.