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USCG Issues Bulletin on Crane Safety

Recently, an incident occurred where a 1740-ton shipboard mounted crane boom collapsed. There was a failure of the coupling between the boom winch motor and the wire winch drum. Improperly set brakes on the crane’s winch drums and an inoperable overspeed trip on the winch drum compounded a relatively minor mechanical failure into a catastrophic casualty. This incident resulted in millions of dollars of damage to the crane, crane equipment and the vessel. The vessel was in the process of making a light lift using the shipboard crane when the crane boom started to lower uncontrollably. The crane operator attempted to stop the downward motion of the crane boom by applying the crane’s braking system, but was unsuccessful. Unable to stop the descent of the boom and in an effort to prevent the crane boom and load from falling and injuring crewmembers working on deck, the crane operator swung the boom over its cradle where it collapsed causing extensive damage. An ensuing investigation revealed that the mechanical braking system on the crane boom was improperly installed, which prevented the brakes from engaging. Quick action on the part of the crane operator to swing the boom away from the personnel on the dock prevented a possibly deadly situation. Proper maintenance and testing of this equipment could have prevented this incident from occurring.

Liebherr Produces New Maritime Crane Concept

TCC 14000-400 D Litronic

Meeting clients’ requests for cranes with lifting capacities far above the average lifting capacity of conventional mobile harbor cranes, Liebherr has developed a new model: the TCC 14000-400 D Litronic. This combined offshore and mobile harbor crane, designed by Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH, has been delivered to the customer in spring of this year. It combines know-how and existing technologies of the offshore crane department and the mobile harbor crane department

Huisman Contracted for Huge Leg Encircling Crane


Huisman, a worldwide specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions, has secured a new contract for the delivery of a 1,500mt @ 32m Leg Encircling Crane, reportedly the largest of its kind, for Seajacks new offshore wind farm installation vessel Scylla. The contract for the 1,500mt crane was awarded to Huisman by the South Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries, who received the order to build the world’s largest and most advanced offshore wind farm installation vessel for

Delta "T" Hooks for Offshore Customer

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Gaining further ground into the offshore crane market, Delta "T" Systems supplied Cranston Eagle hooks to crane manufacturer Appleton Marine, Inc.   These cranes and hooks will be used on medium endurance cutters and national security cutters to move small boats into the water from bigger ships and to load cargo.   With these cutters used by the US Coast Guard, Appleton Marine needed hooks that met the USCG's specific requirements

Protea to Launch Heavy-Lift Cranes at Nor-Shipping

Photos courtesy of Protea

Protea, a global manufacturer of offshore handling equipment, will launch two types of heavy lift cranes at Nor-Shipping 2015 in Oslo, June 2-5. Tomasz Paszkiewicz, Protea’s CEO, said, “The target of any marine crane design is to provide high lifting performance whilst minimizing overall weight. Over the past three years we have been developing the technology and construction methodology to allow a step change in the structural efficiency of heavy lift cranes.”

Konecranes Debuts New Portal Cranes

Photo: Konecranes

Konecranes portal cranes have evolved into effective 21st century management tools.   Konecranes, whose portal crane design has been a proven performer for nearly 40 years, continues to develop this workhorse crane for demanding applications and environments in the steel, forest products, intermodal, biomass/ pellet and concrete industries, the company said.   Konecranes open lattice design is cost-effective compared to box-girder structures and allows easy inspection of critical

Cargotec Ship-to-Shore Crane Orders

Cargotec has received two significant Kalmar ship-to-shore (STS) crane orders for customers in Mexico and Guadeloupe. Delivery of the crane to Port Autonome de la Guadeloupe in Guadeloupe and the crane for Pinfra’s subsidiary, Infrastructura Portuaria Mexicana in Altamira, Mexico are scheduled for the last quarter 2010.   Infrastructura Portuaria Mexicana is preparing to better serve its clients with the expected revival in the global economy by increasing its capacity by

Pedestal Crane Barge for New York Power Authority


When the wicked winter weather begins to blow off Lake Erie, a shipbuilder and a crane company in Cleveland, Ohio, and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will be glad they cooperatively commissioned and built a barge-mounted pedestal crane for the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom Operations in Buffalo, N.Y., to help reduce potential damage to hydroelectric power plants caused by Lake Erie’s inevitable ice. Building the Pedestal Crane Barge

Protea Launches Heavy-Lift Cranes


Protea, a manufacturer of offshore handling equipment, launched two types of heavy lift cranes at Nor-Shipping in Oslo earlier this year. “The target of any marine crane design is to provide high lifting performance whilst minimizing overall weight,” said Tomasz Paszkiewicz, Protea’s CEO. “Over the past three years we have been developing the technology and construction methodology to allow a step change in the structural efficiency of heavy lift cranes.”

DMW Marine Military Cranes


DMW Marine Group, LLC. completed a number of projects for the U.S. Navy and foreign Navies in recent years, claiming a place as a go-to supplier for Navy departments globally. Notable projects as listed by DMW include a personnel handling 500 ton meter knuckleboom crane, six personnel handling 40 ton meter knuckleboom cranes and four 26 ton meter telescopic boom SOLAS boat handling cranes. DMW also recently received an order for two more 40 ton meter knuckleboom cranes for the Mexican Navy.

Kalmar to Upgrade MSC Terminal VLC (Valencia) Cranes

MSC Terminal Valencia - Port of Valencia, Spain

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced a large contract to heighten and extend the handling capabilities of eight ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at MSC Terminal VLC in Valencia, Spain. The order is the largest ever for Kalmar Crane Upgrades business

PCCI to Provide Revised Crane Load Chart

PCCI facilitates efficient environmental and regulatory compliance.

  PCCI, Inc. of Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a contract by the Department of Transportation/U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) to provide a new, revised and certified crane load chart for the self-propelled crane barge “MARY ANN”.

4 STS, 14 ARMG Cranes for APM Vado Terminal

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  APM Terminals signed an agreement for the construction and delivery of four Ship-to-Shore (STS) Gantry Cranes and 14 Automated Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMGs) for the new APM Terminals Vado terminal now under construction on Italy’s Ligurian coast

Algoryx Simulation, Kongsberg Maritime Ink R&D Deal

AgX Dynamics can solve millions of physics equation in real time.

  Kongsberg Maritime and Algoryx Simulation have entered a five year agreement, which supports Kongsberg Maritime’s continuing development of fidelity and realism in its K-Sim range of maritime simulator systems. Simulators are today essential and integral in training, planning

Massive FPSO Modules Installed at Brasa Shipyard

Mammoet worked closely with SBM Offshore to optimize the lifting schedule (Photo: Mammoet)

Mammoet and SBM Offshore complete FPSO module installation at the Brasa Shipyard in Brazil; module integration process optimized on small quayside for the FPSO Cidade de Maricá   Mammoet, a service provider specializing in engineered heavy lifting and transport

SCPA Box Volumes Up; Leadership Realigned

On the heels of announcing its five-year growth, investment and cargo base expansion plans at the State of the Port, South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported a four percent increase in August container volumes over the same month last year.  

Kalmar, RCI JV Begin Jetty Construction in Taicang, China

RCI jetty ground breaking ceremony

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co., Ltd (RCI) celebrate the ground breaking of a new jetty at RCI's facilities in Taicang, China today.   RCI is a joint venture established in Taicang, Jiangsu Province, China

Wei-Li Crane Ship Departs Damen Shiprepair

Photo: Damen

The Wei-Li crane ship slipped her lines at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque on Friday, September 11, to make the short trip up to Rotterdam after 10 days of maintenance and repairs.   The 141-meter, 18,330 DWT crane ship required special dock bed arrangements, not least because of the 3

Wireless Crane Camera System: BlokCam

A new wireless crane camera system called BlokCam delivers live video from the hook block to the operator in the cabin.   Manufactured by 4Site Technology exclusively for BlokCam Limited, BlokCam will be distributed by Compact Lifting Group.  

Container Growth Up at GPA

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Geargia Port Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported a 16.6 percent calendar year to date increase in container volumes, as well as capital projects necessary for future growth.    The Port of Savannah has moved 2.55 million twenty-foot equivalent container units since the

Mega Dock for Tug and Super Yacht Berthing

SF Marina Systems supplied a large two piece tug berth, designed for vessels up to 1,100 tons.

SF Marina Systems supplied a large two piece tug berth, designed for vessels up to 1,100 tons.  The berth measures 150 x 32 ft. with a freeboard of 5 ft.   The units were cast in SF Marina’s Factory in Walham Sweden, each  weighing more than 240 metric tons

Two Topaz OSCV Order for Vard

VARD 3 for Topaz Energy and Marine

  Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of offshore and specialized vessels, has secured new contracts for the design and construction of two Offshore Subsea Construction Vessels (“OSCV”) for a new customer

New Cranes for Felixstowe Port

Three new cranes have been delivered to the Port of Felixstowe’s Berth 8&9. The Berth 9 extension will be operational during the fourth quarter of 2015.

  Three new ship-to-shore gantry cranes have been delivered to the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain. Built by ZPMC in Shanghai, the new cranes will be operated on the port’s Berth 8&9 which are currently being extended to increase the port’s ability to handle the

Giant Harbor Crane Delivered in Port Bronka

The LHM 800 on the specialized RoRo vessel (Photo: Liebherr)

Multipurpose Sea Cargo Complex Bronka took delivery of a LHM 800 mobile harbor crane from Liebherr Maritime Cranes on September 26, marking delivery of the first LHM 800 in heavy lift configuration.    Located at the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland

APM TEC2 Receives Cranes

APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas Mexico receives new cranes

The first three of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced Ship-to-Shore (STS) container cranes and two rail mounted cranes for the intermodal rail facility have been delivered to APM Terminals’ Lázaro Cárdenas (TEC2)

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