Terminal 6 in Argentina chooses E-Crane for unloading soyabeans

In early 2013,Terminal 6 S.A in Argentina placed an order for a new 1500 Series, Model 11264 PD-E E-Crane with 26.4m (86.5ft) outreach and a lift capacity of 19 metric tonnes (20.9 US tons) to unload soyabeans from Mississippi and Paraná-sized barges onto a conveyer system.


Terminal 6 S.A. is a joint venture between Bunge, and Aceitera General Deheza. It was founded in 1985 and has grown to become the largest soya meal exporting terminal in Argentina. The terminal also ships and handles grains and vegetable oils, along with other dry agribulk. Terminal 6 S.A. is Argentina’s first private port, and has the facilities to store up to 950,000 tonnes of dry bulk materials as well as 110,000 tonnes of liquid materials.

Terminal 6 S.A. began talks with E-Crane about a potential project on the Paraná river back in 2007 with a goal of increasing the productivity and capacity of the port. The

soyabeans were originally unloaded using a cable crane and a small material handler. Each machine was achieving a production rate of about 400tph (tonnes per hour). Terminal 6 S.A. considered many different material handling options, but ultimately chose the E-Crane to maximize its operations. The cable crane will be removed, and the new E-Crane will be installed in its place. The E-Crane will be pedestal-mounted directly onto a new addition to the existing dock. An unloading rate exceeding 900tph is expected.


Terminal 6 S.A. realized the benefits of the equilibrated crane’s efficient design. The E-Crane is a truly unique and revolutionary machine with the lowest power consumption cost in the industry. It runs on clean electric energy, saving customers huge amounts of money when compared to diesel powered equipment. There are also very little associated maintenance costs due to E-Crane’s innate design.


The key to the E-Crane’s efficiency is the parallelogram design linking the stick to the moving counterweight. This unique four- bar mechanism ensures that the E-Crane remains in near perfect balance throughout its working range. Compared with conventional cranes that require as much as 80% of their available energy just to move the boom, stick, and grab, the E-Crane allows gravity to work for you instead of against you, reducing horsepower requirements and power consumption by up to 50%, reducing maintenance and operating costs.


Designed specifically for barge and ship unloading, E-Crane is a proven and trusted solution in many bulk material handling industries. Most dedicated systems for offloading grain, coal, limestone and other bulk materials are costly, inflexible and require an expensive, hard to maintain infrastructure. The versatile, flexible E-Crane is just the opposite. E-Crane’s modular

design and custom solutions make it the ideal equipment for any bulk handling application. E-Crane is purpose built for dedicated tasks including:

  • offloading Panamax/Handymax-sized vessels;
  • barge loading/unloading;
  • shiploading/unloading;
  • feeding hoppers; and
  • stockpiling


E-Crane offers more than just the crane. Turnkey bulk material handling solutions are offered in order to optimize the entire port operation. E-Crane streamlines the facility by working with the customer to provide other services and equipment including stationary or linked hoppers, barges and barge haul systems. For handling dry bulk materials such as coal, limestone, bauxite, fertilizer, grain, cement clinker and coke, E-Crane is an ideal solution.