Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Giant Cranes Filmed to Record First Time Assembled Heavy Lift Movement

Equipment Installed Complete to Cut Commissioning Time
Shipping News Feature
IRELAND – UK – It may be somewhat old news but the first ever shipment of fully-assembled ship-to-shore (STS) container gantry cranes from Liebherr Container Cranes via a heavy lift vessel has been recorded for all time by way of a video showing the complete movement from the DSG Terminal, Port of Cork, Ireland up to discharge at the ABP Container Terminal in the Port of Hull in the UK.

Earlier in the year the giant units, measuring 81.4 metres by 30.3 metres by 57.3 metres, were loaded aboard the Hansa Heavy Lift vessel HHL Lagos after engineering teams from both Hansa Heavy Lift and Liebherr had worked together to design tailor-made sea-fastening and load-spreading structures, as well as special rigging arrangements for loading and discharge operations.

At the DSG Terminal the STS cranes were moved alongside using self-propelled modular transporters and, once lifted aboard, the first of the two cranes was pulled to the forward end of the hatch covers, followed by the second crane being lifted directly into its stowage position in the cargo hold.

Andre Milschus, Managing Director, HBB Hanseatic Break Bulk GmbH, said this was a landmark project for Liebherr, as it was the first time fully erected STS cranes were transported via a lift-on and lift-off method on a heavy lift vessel after being built in Ireland. He was supported by Emek Ersin Takmaz, Head of Projects, Engineering Department at Hansa, who commented:

“This was a complex project where in-depth engineering knowledge and operational expertise was an absolute requirement throughout all stages. Paying close attention to every detail, whilst working hand-in-hand with our customer from the beginning, as well as successful cooperation on site, helped us to eliminate any possible risks and allowed us to execute the project seamlessly as planned.”

For its part ABP has committed to invest £50 million in the container facilities on the Humber estuary and the new cranes are part of a recent £15 million tranche which also includes the purchase of equipment such as reach stackers and tug trailers, and the creation of 9,000 square metres of new storage for customers.

Discharge of the giant cranes at the Port of Hull was by way of rails across the quayside, an exercise which other manufacturers and ports have used previously, but always a difficult manoeuvre with weather and tides constantly changing. The installation of fully completed units can cut commissioning time drastically and Denis Doolan, Transport and Shipping Manager of Liebherr Container Cranes observed:

“This project was quite a challenging one from a logistics point of view and one which took months in the planning. The success of this shipment was mainly attributed to the professionalism, teamwork and planning of the engineers of both Liebherr container cranes and Hansa Heavy Lift. Liebherr strives to develop different options of delivery to our clients worldwide and this shipment was another example of our drive to deliver top quality product by various different methods."