Spain’s leading dry bulk Port of Gijon has introduced a new crane with an environmental hopper, which replaces portal crane number two at the European Bulk Handling Installation (EBHI). The latter has been out of action since January 2016, following an accident.
The new crane cost €8.3 million, of which €4.9 million related to the actual crane itself and €3.3 million to the hopper, which is one of Europe’s largest. It can handle 63 tonnes, as opposed to the 50 tonnes of the existing portal cranes. It operates at an average discharge rate of 1,000tph (tonnes per hour), although can reach productivity of 1,200tph.
Barry Cross