Container Rotation Systems supplies rotator to Townsville Marine in Australia.
Australian company Container Rotation Systems (CRS) is renowned for its container-emptying system, which offers an efficient solution to the problem of unloading bulk from containers. This is a concept that is gaining in popularity worldwide, and is in use internationally handling cargoes of vastly different properties, from alumina to coal.
Townsville Marine delivery
CRS has given Dry Cargo International details of a recent delivery to Townsville Marine in Queensland, Australia. This project was for a new model Rotainer Eurospec38 (38 tonnes gross capacity). The unit was specially designed for the Townsville Marine logistics to cater for its fleet of 1,450mm half heights & 1,800mm three-quarter-height generic containers. These containers will handle copper and zinc concentrates. This system went into service in early September 2019.
This contract represents another world first for CRS, as the new design potentially allows the company’s systems to access the extensive half- and three-quarter-height container fleet strategy placed around the world.
The client opted for an electric hydraulic unit that was fully integrated to the operator cabin control for versatility and ease of operation. It also ordered a standalone diesel hydraulic version, so that it can be used on ships’ gear — furthermore, the diesel unit can be connected to a Reachstacker in minutes, thus gaining maximum return on investment.
Fleet owners such as Seaco, Caru and CSL — as well as many other container operators — now have the opportunity to increase their market foot print by utilizing CRS’s system for handling bulk commodities, where fully sealed containers are required.
Rotation is the best method for discharging bulk cargo from containers, and CRS roughly estimated that there may be in the vicinity of 30,000 containers that it can potentially target with this new model.
Also specified was CRS’s automated lid lifting and as well as CRS Ezzeloadore system to maintain high duty cycles.
CRS also had to design a special container lid lock to accommodate the automated lid lift system. So far, 3,400 kits were ordered in the first instance, with potentially more to come. CRS’s management sees this a bit of an environmental win, as it is now possible to utilize older-series redundant containers for commodities handling, no there is less need to make new containers.
CRS specified its headframe to direct the pin to the crane’s hook; this removes the need for chains and slings and lowers the centre of gravity, to mention just a few advantages. Most of all, it makes it much easier for the crane operator to work in the holds of the ships where space is limited.