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MedPort Tangier Cranes to Reach APM Soon

Photo: APM Terminals

The first group of three, of a total of 12 advanced remotecontrolled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, has departed China for delivery on February 15 to the new APM Terminals MedPort Tangier, Morocco terminal. Manufactured by ZPMC in Shanghai, the super post-Panamax cranes will be able to accommodate 20,000 TEU vessels, giving the facility an annual container throughput capacity of five million TEUs. “Our goal is to use proven technology to create highproductivity for our clients on one of the world’s most strategically important trade lanes on the Strait of Gibraltar…

German Boxship Collides with Crane at Keelung Port

MV Hansa Meersburg (Current Name). Photo: Leonhardt and Blumberg

A German-flagged container ship Hansa Meersburg ran into a crane while berthing at Keelung Port, Taiwan resulting in the damage of containers and port infrastructure, CNA reported. The 2007-built freighter, operated by German-based Leonhardt and Blumberg hit and damaged a berth crane valued at NT$200 million (US$6.78 million) as it was sailing into the harbor. In addition to the damage sustained by the crane, a pier was also damaged, suffering a hole three meters wide and two meters deep.

Jumbo Orders LNG-powered Heavy Lift Ship

(Image: Ulstein Design & Solutions B.V.)

Dutch transportation and installation contractor Jumbo said it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with shipbuilder China Merchants Industry Holdings (CMIH) for the construction of a new heavy lift crane vessel (HLCV) scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2020. The DP2 vessel will feature dual fuel engines capable of operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG), and will be built to serve the offshore wind and the offshore oil and gas industries. “Despite the current offshore climate, we are committing to this industry long term,” said Jumbo managing director, Michael Kahn.

Dive Support Vessel Delivered to Stapem Offshore

Photo: Incat Crowther

The first of two new 18-meter catamaran dive support vessels built for Paris-based Stapem Offshore has been delivered by South African shipbuilder Legacy Marine Group. The Marshal Island-flagged vessel, Stapem Beluga, will operate in the coastal waters of Angola in support of oil and gas exploration and production. The vessel, designed by Incat Crowther, has been customized to suit Stapem’s specific operational requirements. The aft exterior deck utilizes available space by combining deck lockers and racks for diving equipment storage with a covered dive prepping area.

Pecém Cargo Volume up by 19%

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Pecém reported a 19% annual increase in container handling volumes as the gateway port to northeast Brazil. APM Terminals Pecém, which is the container operator at the Port of Pecém which is managed by the state-owned company CIPP (former Cearaportos), handled 130,008 moves (213,951 TEUs – twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2017 a new volume record. Daniel Rose, Managing Director of APM Terminals Pecém said “We have been working closely with our shipping line customers and our landside customers to ensure they had the port service levels needed to grow their business.

Vroon Offshore Vessel Undergoes Modification Work

Photo: Damen Shiprepair

Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf has completed final outfitting and modifications on a second subsea-support walk-to-work (W2W) vessel for Vroon Offshore Services (VOS). VOS Stone was built at Fujian Southeast Shipbuilding in China before coming to the Netherlands for completion. This follows a similar project successfully completed in July this year at Oranjewerf, involving sister ship VOS Start. The eight-week program for VOS Stone involved a wide range of activities, including installation of a 50-tonne active heave-compensated…

LME Certification for Port of Amsterdam

Photo: Port of Amsterdam

Port of Amsterdam was awarded an LME certification this week by the London Metal Exchange (LME). From now on, Amsterdam is listed as a goods delivery point for aluminium, aluminium alloy, lead, nickel, tin and zinc. This will enable our terminals and forwarding companies to strengthen their position in the ferro and non-ferro markets for short and deep sea. The application for the certification was submitted by Port of Amsterdam to the London Metal Exchange (LME) in November 2017. The arrival of two ship-to-shore gantry cranes at HCT in the summer of 2017 made this application complete.

Washburn & Doughty Wins Hybrid Tug Orders

East Boothbay, Maine based Washburn & Doughty said it has secured a contract with Harbor Docking and Towing, of Lake Charles, La., to design and build two 93’ x 38’ Hybrid Z Drive Tugs. The 93’ x 38’ hull is a proven design with 18 tugs in operation and 4 under construction. The vessel will be built as a Harbor Assist Vessel as defined in USCG Subchapter M and admeasure less than 200 gross tons U.S. regulatory tonnage. Caterpillar Marine will provide a ‘stem-to-stern’ Cat content hybrid propulsion system, with support from both Milton Cat and Louisiana Cat in the sales effort. The hybrid propulsion system scope includes 3512E (2,550 HP @ 1…

E-Crane Holds Technology Showcase in New Orleans

E-Crane was well represented at the WorkBoat Show. (Photo: E-Crane)

E-Crane agents and special guests attended the E-Crane Technology Showcase in New Orleans during the first week of December in conjunction with the International WorkBoat Show (IWBS). The three day event consisted of a dinner reception and presentations on the evening on Wednesday, December 3, as well as two site visits on the following days to see actual E-Cranes in operation. E-Crane guests and attendees were also given special access to the WorkBoat Show, and were able to attend the exhibit hall throughout the week.

Terex Port Solutions Supplies Model2 Harbor Crane To Fjordbase

The Terex® Gottwald G HMK 2304 mobile harbour crane, seen here on the right, is now in commercial service in Florø, on the Norwegian coast

Terex Port Solutions (TPS) recently supplied Norwegian company, Saga Fjordbase AS, with a diesel-electric Terex® Gottwald Model 2 harbor crane, G HMK 2304 variant. Saga Fjordbase, a subsidiary of the Norwegian INC Group, started operating the crane in February 2014 at its Florø terminal. The Port of Florø lies on the Norwegian coast around 150 km north of Bergen. Saga Fjordbase AS is a Service base for the oil industry. ”We are very pleased to welcome Saga Fjordbase as a new customer.

Huisman to Build World’s Largest Cranes

Image: Huisman

Huisman, the worldwide specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions, has received a Letter of Intent for the delivery of world’s largest cranes onboardHeerema’s planned new semi-submersible crane vessel.The cranes will have a lifting capacity of 10.000mt at a radius of 48m. Huisman is known for its signature mast crane design. These cranes will however be tub mounted. The two cranes will be built by the Huisman production facility in China. The final decision to build this new semi-submersible crane vessel will be made by Heerema before the end of this year.

Liebherr to Supply Four Cranes to Australia

Photo courtesy of Liebherr

Liebherr Container Cranes has recently completed the testing of articulated boom cranes in its Killarney facility in Ireland. The complete articulated boom and main beam of one of the cranes for Port Botany was assembled in Liebherr Container Cranes facility on a special test bed, where it was tested. This articulated boom design allows these large cranes to operate within the height restrictions prevailing at Port Botany, due to its close proximity to Sydney airport, Liebherr said.

Wagenbourg New Crane for Oil, Gas, Energy Sector

New Large Mobile Crane for Wagenbourg fleet

Wagenborg Nedlift has expanded her crane fleet with a brand new 700 tonnes mobile crane. With this crane the fleet is significantly strengthened. Equipped with the most innovative features in the technical area as well as safety, this crane is highly suitable for lifting operations in the petrochemical, oil & gas and energy sector. This DEMAG AC-700 is a 9-axle crane with impressive dimensions. The crane has a 60 meters main boom and can carry a maximum of 160 tonnes counterweight.

Cranes for Hudong Shipyard

This week Dreggen Crane A.S received order for 24 different cranes from the Chinese yard Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding. The cranes will be used on four 72.000 DWT oil tankers and seven 74.500 DWT Bulk Carriers on order at the yard. On two of the oil tankers Dreggen will deliver the complete crane outfit consisting of one Hose handling crane with capacity of 15 ton at 24 m, one electric Monorail provision crane with capacity of 3 ton and one electric Engine room crane with capacity of 4 ton. On the other vessels Dreggen will deliver one 4 ton electric Monorail crane and one 4 ton electric Engine room crane to each vessel. Dreggen has a long lasting co-operation with Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding and since 1994 Dreggen has delivered over 100 cranes to the yard.

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.

Kalmar Strengthens STS Offerings

Cargotec’s Kalmar business area is strengthening its global presence in the ship to shore (STS) cranes market by commencing STS production and engineering in Asia. Until now, Kalmar’s STS cranes have only been offered to the European market. Jorma Tirkkonen, President, Kalmar Container Crane System Division, Cargotec said “Our customers have asked us to consider delivering STS cranes to terminals outside Europe. We decided that now it is a good time to target increased volumes by starting to offer our STS cranes in all continents. The decision supports our strategy of growing our business and presence in the Asia Pacific region and the Americas, where we also have a strong local service network for our customers.

Terex Gottwald Harbor Cranes for Netherlands

Terex Gottwald Model 2 rubber-tyred portal harbour crane at Kramer in the Port of Rotterdam

The Kramer Group is now operating a new diesel-electric Terex Gottwald Model 2 rubber-tyred portal harbor crane in the G HRK 2304 variant at its terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Model 2 belongs to the small crane family of Terex Port Solutions (TPS), which has a variety of types including a rubber-tyred portal crane. This crane type combines the mobility of a conventional mobile harbor crane with the advantages of a portal version, allowing flexibility of use. The G HRK 2304 rubber-tyred portal harbor crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 80 t…

ABB to Enable Remote Control of Ship-to-Shore Cranes

ABB's remote control system for cranes solutions

ABB, a power and automation technology group, recently won contracts from two major container terminal operators, APM Terminals and Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) to provide automation systems for their new ship-to-shore cranes. ABB’s delivery will enable the cranes to be operated remotely, without a driver on board, for improved overall efficiency. The two new terminals that will open in 2014 in Rotterdam at Maasvlakte 2 will be the first in Europe to use remote control of ship-to-shore (STS) cranes…

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, thus of two of the company’s maritime business divisions.

New Crane from Liebherr for Harbors, Offshore

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 2013. It combines know-how and existing technologies of the offshore crane department and the mobile harbor crane department, thus of two of the company’s maritime business divisions.

Conference to Address Crane Operator Certification Question

Joint industry conference to consider Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) Crane Regulation requirements. With the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard requiring U.S. operators to be certified by November 2014, Maximum Capacity Media’s 'Crane and Rigging Conference' and 'Industrial Crane and Hoist Conference' will focus on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s crane operator certification requirements. The jointly held crane safety and management conferences will take place May 29-30, 2013 at the Indianapolis Marriott North in Indianapolis, Ind. The operator qualification requirements are part of the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard that governs crane safety.

Modeling Cranes on Barges with GHS

A new addition to GHS software, the Crane Module, helps naval architects charged with calculating the complicated effects of a crane's performance on barges. Although the Crane Module is useful for modeling any crane, it is especially powerful in modeling large cranes with multiple hooks mounted on a barge or ship. "Crane manufacturers give a limit to the amount of machine list allowed as the boom lifts and/or rotates," explained Ed Glowacki, owner of Glowacki Engineering, an engineering consulting firm in Florida specializing in naval architecture, "and these cranes are designed to operate on virtually level ground."  Glowacki's consulting firm is often called upon to create a modified crane chart for cranes installed on ships and barges – surfaces that are anything but level.

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 welds throughout the life of the crane.

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