Jacks make the difference
Cooper Specialised Handling Ltd, is reporting the two Sany 4540 GC series intermodal reach stackers have entered service at the ABP Hams Hall Rail Freight Terminal near Sutton Coldfield
Located just 8 miles from the centre of Birmingham in the heart of the Midlands, ABP Hams Hall is a key national multimodal hub. The site is situated adjacent to the Nuneaton-to-Birmingham railway line and handles deep-sea and short-sea traffic to and from ports such as Southampton, London Gateway Felixstowe and domestic traffic from Scotland. The site regularly services six rail services every day and runs a core fleet of 8 reachstackers to service both rail and road operations.
The new 4540 GC is the 7000mm equivalent of the increasing-popular 4531 general yard reach stacker which features an 11-litre Volvo engine, Dana 4-speed transmission and Kessler D106 drive axle. The machine is also supplied with Sany’s unique sliding rear ballast to enhance residual capacity without having to slow the operation down with jacks. For high residual lifts, a jacking system is available to the operator which combines the benefits of a large single plate to distribute the load over the largest possible surface area and a cam arrangement to accelerate the speed of deploying jacks.
The jacks and residual capacity arrangements brought a specific comment from David Cooper, Executive Director of Cooper SH who said:
“In reach stacker intermodal operations operators jacking operations slow driver’s down and they only use jacks as an absolute last resort. The sliding ballast helps here and could be the difference between lifting and not lifting without jacks, but its deployment is immediate. Delays in deploying jacks, whilst only matter of seconds down and seconds upwards, accumulate over a working week so time saving in jack deployment increases productivity.” It is understood that with the capacity of the 7000mm wheelbase, the sliding ballast and the jacks, will provide ABP Hams Hall with their highest rating capacity machine to lift-off the second rail lines.
Mark Thompson, Head of Asset Management for ABP said:
“ABP Hams Hall is a strategic site where we depend upon high performance, reliability and machine availability. We look forward to seeing how the Sany’s perform alongside the established brands”
Other features on the Sany machines include a hydraulic sliding cabin, heads-up display as well as an Elme 817 toplift spreader which represents a first for Sany in the UK complete with Elme’s ‘soft landing’ system that softens the last 150mm of twistlock engagement.
The two new Sany machines make-up the balance of an 8-number strong reach stacker fleet used at ABP Hams Hall all of which are maintained by Cooper’s own maintenance division in a partnership that marked its 10th anniversary earlier this year.
Separately, Cooper Specialised Handling has confirmed the delivery the world’s largest hydraulic crane to Belfast Harbour and that it has entered service. Also, in a landmark delivery, the machine was delivered in one-piece which marks a watershed for future deliveries of hydraulic cranes into portside customers for the UK port-equipment supply specialist.
Belfast Harbour is Northern Ireland's principal maritime gateway and logistics hub, serving the Northern Ireland economy and increasingly that of the Republic of Ireland. Around 70% of Northern Ireland's and 20% of the entire island's seaborne trade pass through the Harbour. Last year the Port reported more than 24 million tonnes of cargo handled including, coal, grain and aggregates.
The new Mantsinen 300M is recognised as the world’s largest hydraulic crane and, whilst these machines can reach 460 tonnes in unladen weight, the Belfast Harbour 300M weighs in at 370 tonnes without attachments. It has been specified in order that it can lift 30 tonne steel coils from the far side of vessels that visit the port as well as handling bulk and break-bulk cargo in and out of vessels a large as 36000 dwt.
The new 300M is a wheeled machine mounted on 6-axles and 24 rubber tyres. Weight distribution in operating mode has been reduced by 4 double-pads each measuring 14 sq m. The 300 will join a Mantsinen 160M, also a wheeled machine, supplied in 2016 which has already become a popular crane given its speed of operation, reach and capacity.
Speaking on behalf of Cooper SH, David Cooper Executive Director stated:
“The new 300M is much more than a single crane supply. Belfast Harbour, through their experience of the 160, have identified the speed and productivity advantages these type of machines provide and now, with this super-capacity crane, the customer can enjoy the reach and capacity more associated with mobile harbour crane but with the operational speed of a material handler.
“This new enhanced productivity will reap dividends for Belfast Harbour and its customers and they should be congratulated for their vision and creativity in selecting this option”
Michael Robinson, Port Director, Belfast Harbour, added:
“The additional reach, productivity and general versatility of the Mantsinen 300 means it is a very welcome addition to our cargo-handling portfolio and will assist in our ambitions to provide our customers with highly efficient and flexible cargo handling solutions. It is an impressive machine and we are delighted to bring yet more modern, cutting edge equipment for our port customers having invested more than £20m in new cranes over the last ten years.”
In what was a first for Cooper, the 300M was delivered as a complete unit having been assembled in Mantsinen’s assembly facility in Rauma on Finland’s West coast. The sub-assemblies were manufactured in Mantsinen’s production facility in Liperi, Central-East Finland but final assembly and function testing was completed in Rauma this facilitating a direct port-to-port sailing which took 6 days. Actual transfer of the crane onto the quay took just 30 minutes.
David Cooper added:
“This represents the future of crane deliveries. Large cranes can take 5-days of building and expensive twin-lift mobile cranes to assist in the build function– this method eliminates the need of disassembly for shipping and re-assembly on arrival which ties up quay areas as build areas for a long period of time.
“For our port customers, we can see all future deliveries, large and small, being completed this way”