Duncan Salt appointed new CEO of Wolffkran

Duncan Salt, the former Head of Sales and Service, is the new CEO of Wolffkran. He replaces Peter Schiefer, who has held this position since 2005. He will retain his position as Delegate of the Board of Directors and should focus on the development strategy. Peter Schiefer handed over his position as CEO on August 1, 2019.

Duncan Salt joined Woffkran in 2015 to lead the international sales team. In January 2017 he was promoted to take overall responsibility for Sales & Service alongside a position on the Executive Management Board.

“My goal is to drive the symbiosis between lifting services and crane technology. We are uniquely placed at Wolffkran and through a greater emphasis on our common goals we will position Wolffkran at the forefront of our industry setting benchmarks in service, quality and innovation, ” said Duncan Salt.

ALE ensures mining vessel engine replacement

De Beers has turned to ALE to ensure the removal and replacement of two engines on its Debmar Pacific mining vessel. Since 2002 diamond operations in Namibia have taken place in larger volume offshore than onshore, so its very important that mining vessel availability remains high.

Prior to the lift operation ALE installed two custom-designed gantries on either side of the vessel, parallel with the floor of its engine rooms. These gantries were enlarged at the client’s request, in order to provide better access to the engines.

One by one, each engine was then jacked-up to a height of approximately 1m, using four 60t jacks. A medium skid track measuring 25m was then laid, from a position underneath the engine to the custom-designed gantry at the vessel’s exterior.

Each 38t GE engine was then skidded the length of this track, where it was uplifted using a 400t crawler crane and set down in a nearby storage area. This procedure was completed in reverse in order to install both 80t Wartsilla engines.

As time in port at Cape Town was limited to just a few weeks, several other similar procedures were taking place at the same time, meaning this work had to take place under strict space limitations.

DP World orders 15 Kalmar RTGs for Mumbai

Kalmar is to supply DP World’s Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSCIT) in Mumbai with 15 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) following an order booked in Q2 2019.

The Kalmar Classic RTG combines the diesel and electric technology for fuel savings as well as low emissions and has a maintenance interval of 1,000 hours. The units delivered to Nhava Sheva will be equipped with a Variable Speed Generator (VSG) which enables even greater fuel economy and lower emissions by automatically optimising RPM according to the required power. The delivery is scheduled to be completed during Q4 2020.

NSICT was India’s first public-private partnership project and is part of the country’s largest port, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), which handles 40% of India’s total maritime trade.

South African wind project for Sogea-Satom

Sogea-Satom (Vinci Construction International Network) is currently working on a wind farm project in Somerset East (South Africa) with its partner Stefanutti Stocks, a South African local construction company. This wind farm is one of 24 renewable energy projects launched by the South African government in 2018. The teams will supply all of the components needed for 799 20-metre long concrete segments, which will be used to build 47 wind turbines towers, each 100m high. At the end of the work, planned to last 32 weeks, the wind farm of Somerset East will produce 141 MW.

Bolloré Transport & Logistics officially opens its B.Lab Center

On Friday 12 April, Bolloré Transport & Logistics officially opened the doors of its B.Lab Center in the city of Puteaux, France. This new location of 500 m2 aims to develop various innovations to accelerate the digitization of the supply chain by associating the customers of the company in the process from creation ideation to their implementation. To do this, the B.Lab Center will rely on four technologies: Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Internet of Things.

Bolloré Ports awarded for Timor Leste port project

On March 28th, during the IJGlobal Awards ceremony, the future deep-water port in Tibar Bay in Timor Leste was awarded the Best Public-Private Partnership in Asia-Pacific. Begun in August 2018, the work includes the construction of a 630m wharf with a 15m draught. The commissioning of this new infrastructure, able to operate 7,500 TEUs container ships, is scheduled for 2021. A total of $ 490 million (about € 436 million) will be invested over a 30-year period in this project.

Breakbulk Europe returns to Bremen in 2020

Breakbulk Europe, one of the world’s largest event for the project cargo and breakbulk industry gathering around 11,000 professionals from more than 120 countries, will return to Bremen, Germany, for the third consecutive year in 2020 at Messe Bremen from 26-28 May.

The official signing took place on the 3rd of April at the Bremen Town Hall between Martin Günthner, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports of the Federal State of Bremen, Germany, and Nick Davison, Portfolio Director for Breakbulk Events, ITE Group. Joining the two cosigners were Hans Peter Schneider, CEO of M3B GmbH (Messe Bremen), representatives of the Bremen ports, logistics and breakbulk community and Michael Skiba, Head of Marketing at bremenports, the host port for Breakbulk Europe.

“Breakbulk Europe returning to Bremen also in 2020 is great news for our location. Bremen ‘breathes’ trade and logistics, is one of the main breakbulk ports in Europe and therefore the logical choice as host of Breakbulk Europe,” Günther said. “We are glad that we were able to convince ITE to come to Bremen for the third year in a row and to give us the chance to be a great host again for this wonderful show with more than 10.000 exhibitors and visitors.”

“We are delighted to be returning to the historic city of Bremen for the third year in a row,” added Nick Davison. “Bremen has really stepped up its commitment to provide the services to support this event. In fact, the city will provide free public transportation on its trams and trains to make traveling between the venue, hotels, restaurants and popular tourist sites around town convenient to all participants.”

Davison noted that the early announcement was made in consideration of all Breakbulk Europe attendees and especially the more than 550 companies that will exhibit at this year’s event, 21-23 May.

The 2020 announcement came during the runup to Breakbulk Europe 2019, which will be according to the organizer even bigger with more key networking opportunities for all. With the initial move to Bremen in 2018, attendance swelled by 26%, more than double the increase in 2017. Currently, visitor registration is 40% ahead of the same time last year.

New to this year’s event is the addition of Hall 7, which will feature the Master Arena, a content theatre designed for the newly revamped VIP Shipper program, along with a Breakbulk Masters lounge located on the second level of this hall. General content offerings have been doubled with the Breakbulk Main Stage in Hall 4 and the Tech & Innovation Hub in Hall 6.

The customers and visitor experience has been also improved by more food venues and bars, including an open-air café at the front of the venue, a new registration area in Hall 7 and a better air conditioning system in case of an unusual heat.

Terex reports positive Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 results

Terex Corporation has released its fourth quarter and full year 2018 results. Fourth quarter net sales grew 16% to $1.2 billion, with full year net sales up 18% to $5.1 billion compared to net sales of $4.4 billion for the full year 2017. This results include a one-time, non-cash charge of $67 million related to the annuitization of its U.S. pension.

John L. Garrison, Terex Chairman and CEO commented on the results: “Overall, our global team executed well in the fourth quarter, completing a strong year for Terex. In 2018, we grew sales by 18%, improved operating margins, and significantly increased EPS. AWP grew sales 24% for the year and expanded operating margins by 200 basis points. MP had an excellent year, growing sales by 17% and increasing full year operating margin to 13.3%, up 160 basis points. Cranes continued to make operational improvements and returned to profitability on an adjusted basis in the fourth quarter.”

Fourth Quarter sales for the Terex Cranes segment grew 12% compared to 2017 to $365 million. For the full year, the Cranes segment achieved net sales of $1.3 billion, growing 10% versus last year.

Steve Filipov, President of Terex Cranes commented, “In Q4 the Cranes segment succeeded in overcoming the material supply challenges that impacted our performance earlier in 2018 – I’am proud of the team for meeting our commitments to better fulfil customer demand and return to profitability. The sale of the Damage Mobile Cranes business to Tadano Ltd. is based on strong industrial logic. Bringing these two complementary businesses together will combine Tadano’s 100 years of experience with Demag Mobile Cranes’ nearly two centuries to create a lifting company capable of bringing new leadership to the industry and continuing to create innovative lifting solutions. I also want to assure our customers that our parts and services team remains firmly in place and committed to providing them with world class support for all of their Terex cranes, and will support their Demag cranes through the transition to the new owners.”

Eiffage and Bioservo Technologies AB collaborate to develop the “Ironarm”

One year after the development of “Ironhand” the bionic glove concept, Bioservo Technologies AB and the infrastructure division of Eiffage strengthen their collaboration on a new project called “Ironarm”. This new concept will also use Bioservo’s SEM technology designed to prevent musculoskeletal disorders caused by repetitive or strenuous tasks.

“We were impressed by the results achieved during the test period conducted with the bionic glove in real work situations in different areas within the Group. A reduction or compensation between 25 to 82% of the efforts of the workers was observed. Bioservo’s SEM ™ technology is well suited to prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and to encourage the employment of people with disabilities. We are going to strengthen our partnership with Bioservo to develop “Ironarm”, a solution that can reduce the impact of strenuous work on the full arm,” explains Erick Lemonnier, Prevention Director at Eiffage’s Infrastructures Division.

Sennebogen prepares for Bauma

For its 60th participation at Bauma, the Bavarian machine manufacturer Sennebogen will reveal the new 895 E material handler for the first time to the public. The machine will be presented at Sennebogen’s production site in Straubing thanks to daily shuttles from the stand. This machine has a operational weight of 390 tonnes and reach of up to 40m. The manufacturer also unveils the new 6133 E, the largest telescopic crane in Sennebogen’s range to date with a 52m main boom and a maximum working load of up to 130 tons. Numerous other equipment, including the new 355 E telehandler with a capacity of 5.5 tonnes, the 875 E dedicated to port applications with ranges of up to 27m and a load capacity of 7.5 tonnes, will also be exhibited on more than 2000m2 of the brand’s floor space.

By Roberta Simkovicova