DP World has created a joint venture with the industrial engineering specialists SMS group with the aim to improve containers handling in ports. Originally developed by AMOVA, a subsidiary of the SMS group, this new high bay storage system continuously processes metal coils weighing up to 50 t in racks as high as 50 m. Instead of stacking containers directly on top of each other, which has been global standard practice for decades, the system places each container in an individual rack comportent. The containers are stored in an eleven-story rack, doubling its capacity compared to a conventional container terminal. This new system will be used for the first time at Jebel Ali Terminal 4, just in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 world fair.
Euroports Germany has recently taken a delivery of the first out of two Liebherr LHM 550 in order to increase the turnover at the multipurpose terminal in the Port of Rostock, Germany. Both cranes come in a two-rope configuration with a maximum lifting capacity of up to 144 tonnes and a maximum outreach of 54 metres. The difficult conditions at the Euroports pier were a challenge in the configuration process. Liebherr has found a custom-made solution with specially adapted double supporting pads in order to comply with the prescribed ground pressures.
Ordered in 2018, one of the two cranes was shipped fully assembled in mid-December from the Liebherr plant to the 500 metres distant pier of Euroports. The machines will be used for different applications like project cargo, bulk and containers.
In UAE, to build its container terminal in Khalifa Port named the Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT), the port company Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has chosen Konecranes to supply 54 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry cranes. The Finnish manufacturer has been already selected by ADT to deliver 52 ARMG cranes for the first phase of the KPCT in 2012. The machines have a lifting capacity of 40t and can stack one over six containers high. “Thirty of the cranes will be nine-wide, and twenty-four will be eleven wide,” added Konecranes company. The new order will be booked in the fourth quarter 2018.
Lorenzini & C.S.r.l. (Lorenzini) has placed an order for a Konecranes Gottwald Model 8 crane in the third quarter of 2018. The Mediterranean region’s largest mobile harbor crane will be delivered fully-erected and then commissioned on-site. Starting in January 2019, the diesel-exectric mobile harbor crane will be handling containers in Livorno, Italy. “The flexible crane meets the challenges presented by the new vessel sizes and types used by our partner Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). Having the largest mobile harbor crane in the Mediterranean region is symbolic of how we are keeping one step ahead,” said Enio Lorenzini, President of Lorenzini & C.S.r.l.
Giuseppe Di Lisa, Sales and Marketing Director of Konecranes’ Business Unit Mobile Harbor Cranes added, “with this large Model 8 crane, Lorenzini can handle containers across 22 rows and a very high on-deck stack height.”
In Ghana, the future Tema Port should be put into service on June 28th 2019. This port, initiated in 2004, will be the deepest sea port of the country. The Quay wall construction begun for MPS, the consortium gathering Bolloré Ports, Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority and APM Terminals. A trench has been dredged in the seabed 19m deep to receive the 74 caissons which will compose it. These concrete blocks, of 1000 cubic meters and 2600t each, are moved onto a floating dock by rolling them on inflatable air bags. Once on the platform, they are forwarded until the trench location. On the spot, the dock is sunk, which allows the caissons to float and to be transported until their final position with tugs. The last step consists in sinking the caisson and fill it with sand to solidify the framework and then cast the deck of the quay on top. The full article is coming in the next issue of the Move It Magazine !
© Mohamed Samara, CEO of Meridian Port Services (MPS)
Photo : © MPS Tema
After being tested extensively last summer in the Bolloré Ports of Pointe Noire terminal (Congo), the Gaussin group reported the conclusions of the 38t APM. Operational Expenditure (cost of energy, maintenance, files and workforce) compared to an equivalent diesel model gives very positive results, in terms of both power consumption, maintenance, autonomy (9 hours per 60 kWh pack), battery life as well as available rate. The overall assessment of the testing team of Bolloré Ports, based on 14 standards (comfort, accessibility, …), resulted with a score of 4,58 out of 5.
In the same time, Gaussin will achieve with Bolloré Ports the co-development of the 75t APM HE from the end of 2018. This new model will be available for sale from the beginning of 2019.
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.
With Bruno Le Maire (French Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance), Elisabeth Borne (Transportation Minister) as well as the CEO of the CMA-CGM group Rodolphe Saadé, the inauguration of the Antoine de Saint Exupéry container ship recently took place in the port of Le Havre. This cargo with exceptional dimensions (400m long, 59m width and able to ship 20 600 PVE or 123 km of containers) just spent 467 days at sea from Asia and will leave tomorrow full of french goods for the Asian markets.
In the Port of Vado Ligure, in Northeastern Italy, the dredging company Co.Ed.Mar is using for some time its self-propelled barge « Wise », in which a brand new Liebherr duty cycle crawler crane HS 8130 HD is installed in order to remove the sediment. Fitted with a hydraulic clamshell bucket, the machine has a handling performance of 400 cubic meters per hour, which is equal to the barge loading capacity, and has cycle times of only 45 seconds. These operations take place within the port expansion, wishing to extend its capacity and welcome more and larger vessels.
The European brand of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling displayed new product and solutions during the TOC Europe trade fair in Rotterdam the last few days. The new Empty Container Handler H11XM-ECD8, with a capacity of 11t, has been designed in order to double handling capabilities for empty containers. with this new machine, the American company also presented their H12XM-6 forklift trucks. During the annual TECH TOC seminar sessions, the Hyster Board revealed their latest development currently in process : an electric motor, powered in the Laden Container Handler. With this engine, « the truck is expected to run on a choice of either a small or medium lithium-ion battery. (..) Once developed, high-voltage electric Big Truck aims to help operations achieve full shift performance comparable to a diesel-powered truck in the future. », as stated the manufacturer. The full article is coming soon in the next issue !