St. James Stevedoring Partners, L.L.C. orders two more Model 8 floating cranes
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) is expanding its presence on the Mississippi River by supplying two Terex® Gottwald Model 8 floating cranes to St. James Stevedoring Partners (SJS), L.L.C., based in Convent, Louisiana, USA, near New Orleans. These two cargo-handling machines will be configured as four-rope G HPK 8400 B crane variants for professional bulk handling. From this summer on, SJS will be operating a total of ten Terex Gottwald floating cranes, including four G HPK 8400 B units, making it the world’s largest operator of floating cranes from TPS.
TEREX GOTTWALD FLOATING CRANES FOR MIDSTREAM OPERATION ... The G HPK 8400 B is the most powerful Terex Gottwald floating crane with a maximum lifting capacity of 100 tonnes and a 63-tonne grab curve, which can handle as much as 1,850 tonnes of bulk materials per hour depending on local conditions. The two new cranes will increase SJS’s handling capacity in transshipping ores, coal, grain and fertilizers from ocean-going vessels to inland water vessels midstream.
... AND FLOATING DOCK USE WHERE WATER LEVELS FLUCTUATE GREATLY As well as operating midstream, these cranes will be used in conjunction with SJS’s docksite concept, which was designed as an alternative to transhipping ocean-going vessels to barges.This innovative concept involves using a floating dock equipped with a full infrastructure, including hoppers and conveyor systems, close to the river bank.
The system compensates for changes in water level and allows bulk materials to be unloaded and conveyed to a land- based storage area even during considerable seasonal fluctuations in the water level. The Terex Gottwald floating cranes, each mounted on a barge, simply moor alongside the floating dock and unload the bulk material from the ocean-going vessel and transfer it to the hoppers.
TECHNOLOGY TAILORED TO NATURAL SURROUNDINGS
According to Paul Morton, president of St. James Stevedoring Partners, L.L.C., it is also the natural site conditions on the Mississippi that contribute to the success of the Terex Gottwald floating cranes: “Construction work for new, permanent berthing facilities is excessively costly, which is why we were on the look- out for additional high-performance solutions to complement our midstream handling capabilities. Thanks to this dock site concept, we can now respond that much quicker and more flexibly when unloading ocean-going vessels.” As with midstream handling operations,Terex Gottwald floating cranes fit in ideally with the concept of temporary handling infrastructures consisting of a floating crane, floating dock and conveyor system: “This enables us to deploy both the cargo-handling cranes and our staff flexibly, which keeps overhead down and maximizes fleet utilization,” explains Morton.
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENTS IN EFFICIENCY
Bob Histon, General Manager North America of TPS, underlines the key role played by this customer in the success story surrounding Terex Gottwald floating cranes and the latest order: “We developed the first floating crane, a Generation 4, HPK 330 EG, in 2004 together with SJS, which enabled us to supply them with a handling machine to their exact requirements and catered for all the site conditions. In the last nine years, Terex Gottwald floating crane technology in use on the Mississippi, which was derived from our mobile harbour cranes, has taken the lead in this field,” Histon continues. “Thanks to a programme of continuous development of this crane type, its efficiency has steadily increased, which has helped our customers to take full advantage of the growing business potential of the Mississippi.”
CONTINUED INCREASES IN DEMAND FOR LEADING TECHNOLOGY
Terex Port Solutions continues to show success with its customer-focused innovation strategy by providing cranes to meet the ever-changing needs of the customer. By continuously improving harbour crane technology and combining it with various bases, like barges for St. James Stevedoring, customers along the Mississippi River are seeing the benefits of efficiency and greater productivity with Terex Gottwald cranes. On average, two new cranes are supplied each year to the Mississippi, but their key benefits are also in demand in other locations: the two new cranes ordered by SJS will now raise the number of Terex Gottwald floating cranes in use on rivers and the open sea to a total of 29.
ABOUT TEREX PORT SOLUTIONS
Terex Port Solutions is part of the Terex Material Handling & Port Solutions business segment that supplies customers in ports with a unique combination of machines, software and services under the Terex and Terex Gottwald brands. Whether it is ship- to-shore cranes, reach stackers or fully automated, integrated handling systems for containers and bulk,Terex Port Solutions provides reliable solutions for rapid, safe, efficient handling of all forms of cargo with low downtimes and excellent return on investment.
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... and supplies 30th floating crane to USA’s largest port
ASSOCIATED TERMINALS LLC ORDERS TEREX® GOTTWALD MODEL 8 CRANE Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has sold its 30th floating crane since this harbour crane type, based on mobile harbour crane technology, was launched in 2004, strengthening its position in this field of handling machinery. The Model 8 crane was ordered by Associated Terminals LLC (AT), based in Reserve, Louisiana, USA, for its bulk handling operations in the Port of South Louisiana and will be configured as a G HPK 8400 B four-rope grab variant. The Port of South Louisiana stretches upriver along the Mississippi for more than 87 km (54 miles) from New Orleans, making it the largest port in the USA.
Rapid handling to deal with increased freight volumes By purchasing the 30th floating crane made byTPS,AT is expanding its own fleet of Terex® Gottwald floating cranes to eight. The new crane will enable the company to increase its handling capacities significantly, as Gary Poirrier, director at Associated Terminals LLC, explains: “Our customers are faced with constantly increasing freight volumes coupled with rising cost pressure and this is why they expect us to handle their freight without delay. Since TPS transferred its high-performance mobile harbour crane technology to floating cranes, AT has been able to keep abreast of requirements,” continues Poirrier, who is additionally pleased that his company is the recipient of the 30th Terex Gottwald floating crane:“We would like to congratulate TPS on this milestone and are proud to be part of this remarkable development.”
Floating cranes based on mobile harbour crane technology — a resounding success Once the new crane is delivered to AT this summer, there will be a total of 19 Terex Gottwald floating cranes on the Mississippi River — home of the first floating crane in 2004. This development shows very clearly how quickly these flexible cargo handling cranes have become established, as Giuseppe Di Lisa, vice president of sales and service at Terex Port Solutions, emphasizes: “The Mississippi River has contributed its own special chapter to this success story, but we have also been able to demonstrate very successfully the benefits of our floating cranes to operators in other parts of the world.” A further contributing factor in this success, according to Di Lisa, is the fact that TPS is continuing to develop alongside its customers,“The first crane to go into operation on the Mississippi River was a Generation 4, HMK 330 EG, then followed several Generation 5, Model 6 cranes, variant G HPK 6400 B, and today we are offering our customers the particularly powerful Model 8 floating cranes.”
Proximity to the customer as a success factor
The principle of continued joint development and proximity to the customer also plays a key role in TPS’S customer service activities. Due to the large number of floating cranes on the Mississippi River,Terex Port Solutions will be inaugurating a new service centre in La Place, Louisiana, in August 2013. Managed by Jason Dupont, this will be the central location in the Port of Louisiana to service customers quickly and efficiently.
In use worldwide — in all waters
Terex Gottwald floating cranes are suitable for all types of cargo and a wide range of handling scenarios. These high-performance machines come into their own in ship-to-ship transshipment as well as ship-to-quay handling, whether in ports, on-shore waters or on the open sea. For example, there are currently five floating cranes operating in the coastal waters of Indonesia in professional bulk handling. These Terex Gottwald cranes have been designed and built in accordance with Lloyd’s Register Code for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment, and are approved for operation on the open sea, able to work in wind speeds of up to 24m/s and wave heights of up to 2.5m.
Providing flexibility right from the start
Irrespective of the working environment, floating cranes offer the ideal combination of flexibility and efficiency. As mobile machines, they are independent of the quay structure — which avoids high specific investments in corresponding infrastructures — and always ready to go into action, with their crew, wherever they are required. This allows operators to utilize their fleets efficiently.
The flexibility of the concept begins with the overall design and configuration of the crane: in most cases, TPS supplies the floating crane from the slew ring up and combines the machine with a barge provided by the customer. It is possible to supply a number of different variants to meet specific customer needs, including turnkey solutions and certification with Lloyd’s Register. It is even possible to install the crane on a self-propelled barge to enable the crane to navigate alone without the need for a tug.
Thanks to the modular design and construction as well as an advance order programme,Terex Port Solutions’ customers benefit from short delivery lead-times and comparatively low investment costs.