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.
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
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
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
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
Liebherr reports that there has been a positive trend in the heavy lift crane segement, a sentiment confirmed by a number of significant contracts recorded of late, including a contract for the delivery of six heavy lift ship cranes for the German shipping company Rickmers. Four of the heavy lift cranes are type CBB 4700 with a lifting capacity of 450 tons and the remaining two are type CBB 3450 with a lifting capacity of 120 tons
Huisman and Heerema Offshore Services signed a Letter of Intent for the delivery of all mission equipment onboard Heerema’s new Deep Water Construction Vessel. Huisman will design, construct and install a 4,000mt Offshore Mast Crane and a pipelay tower for both J-lay and Reel-lay operations in ultra deep water. Installation of equipment is scheduled for 2012/2013, partly at the DSME yard in South Korea and partly at the Huisman quay in Schiedam, The Netherlands.
Cargotec receives EUR 25 million order for MacGregor cargo handling cranes from China. Cargotec has confirmed a contract worth around EUR 25 million from a Chinese shipyard to deliver 104 MacGregor cargo handling cranes for 26 Bulk carriers. The cranes will be delivered during 2012 and 2013, majority in 2013. The order is booked in the third quarter of 2011. “The ordered cranes are MacGregor GLB cranes and they offer an efficient and reliable cargo handling solutions
Huisman, one of the worldwide specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions, has received a first order for their new production facility in Brazil. The new order includes three sets of five cranes, which will be manufactured as soon as construction of the Brazilian production facility is completed in 2014. The sets of cranes are scheduled for delivery between Q3 2015 and Q1 2017. The order includes three identical sets of cranes for the new build vessels Cassino, Curumim and Salinas
Four new 38,000 dwt general cargo ships for Nanjing King Ship Management will benefit from the flexible load-handling capabilities of MacGregor cranes; the five cranes on each vessel will have a total lifting capability of 236 metric tons MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has recently secured an order to supply 20 MacGregor cranes for four new 38,000 dwt general cargo vessels under construction at Taizhou Kouan Shipbuilding Co. Ltd
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, is to deliver a package of three cranes to a new offshore accommodation & construction vessel being built at Chantier Davie Canada, with delivery scheduled for the end of Spring 2015. The vessel is the first in a series of dynamically positioned offshore
Six Thrustmaster 5,000 HP (3,700 kW) Azimuth DP3 Thrusters classed by ABS were launched on November 25, 2013 during the OOS Gretha naming ceremony. The Brazil bound semisubmersible drilling rig was built at its ship yard in Yantai, China by CIMC Raffles and is due to work for Petrobras offshore
Recent orders for Liebherr Mobile Harbor Cranes (LHM) from the Middle East include two LHMs and the first LiSIM LHM550 unit for the region, paving the way for state-of-the-art crane operator training. Additionally, one Liebherr Reachstacker has been delivered to the region.
KiwiRail confirms that salvors Seaworks have successfully recovered the ferry Aratere’s propeller, which was lost from the ship when the shaft fractured on November 5, 2013 outside the Tory Channel. “The propeller was retrieved from a depth of around 120 meters and approximately two
IHC Vremac Cylinders, part of IHC Merwede, officially introduced the MaXine 50 heave compensator to its Dutch, Belgian and German offshore partners on October 8. The group of lifting specialists responded enthusiastically to the dynamic launch and demonstration of the innovative new product.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter 'Smilax' worked with personnel from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to recover 5 cannons and multiple barrel hoops from the 'Queen Anne's Revenge' in Beaufort Inlet, N.C. The Queen Anne's Revenge was the ship of the pirate Edward Teach
Wison Offshore & Marine reports that it successfully completed the installation of the three LNG storage tanks into the hull of the Caribbean FLNG project, considered a significant milestone in the delivery of the world’s first floating LNG production unit.
Measurement Technology NW (MTNW) Launched its LCI-90i-IS Rugged Programmable Controller (RPC) has been awarded the globally recognized Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification. UL quality approval allows customers to use the industry leading RPC in hazardous applications without additional
DOF Subsea, a provider of integrated subsea solutions, has chartered a new multipurpose vessel to assist in North Sea operations. The company has entered into a long-term charter agreement with Reach Subsea for the newbuild construction support vessel (CSV) Normand Reach
The development of a £300 million container terminal in Liverpool (U.K.) is driving a major technology investment by Britain’s second largest ports group. Peel Ports is introducing the Navis N4 terminal operation system – acclaimed as the gold standard in global container
Prosafe has agreed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with COSCO (Qidong) Offshore Co. Ltd. for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction of two semi-submersible accommodation vessels, with options for four further units. The pair will be the most advanced and flexible units for worldwide operations
After a 5,233 nautical mile tow of the ocean crane barge Thomas W from Long Beach, California through the Panama Canal, the Miss Lis reached its destination in the Hudson River, New York. The journey took 52 days. Tug and tow departed Long Beach during the first full week of August and arrived in
One of Asia’s largest port authorities has signed a landmark cooperation agreement with the company building a new container terminal at Liverpool in the heart of the U.K. Peel Ports Group and Busan Port Authority will now work together to hone technical
COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited announce that contracts each in excess of US$200-million for two advanced semi-submersible accommodation vessels to be constructed in China have been declared effective. The accommodation rigs are to be built by COSCO subsidiary COSCO (Qidong) Offshore
At the Georgia Ports Authority board meeting Monday, Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported that the GPA achieved record volumes and added additional customer accounts in October. "Strong growth, new customer accounts and additional harbor deepening funding announced this month are all