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Sarens to remove overhead gantry cranes in Teesport

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Sarens to remove overhead gantry cranes in Teesport. Image: Sarens
Sarens to remove overhead gantry cranes in Teesport. Image: Sarens
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PD ports contracted CL Prosser who asked Sarens to remove two redundant overhead gantry cranes within a warehouse in Teesport, The UK.

The challenge was to remove the gantries without modifying the warehouse structure and allowing site operations to continue at the opposite end of the warehouse. The overhead gantry cranes had to be lifted from elevated rails 15m above ground level and placed on ground to allow the demolition.

Our crew decided to use the following equipment:

  • 20 x K24 SPMT Axles
  • 2 x PPUs
  • 4 x Sarlift Gantry Towers complete with 10m long lifting beam
  • 1 x 400T Mobile Crane
  • 1 x 500T Mobile Crane
  • 100T Capacity Mobile Crane
  • BS220 Bracing Steelwork
  • S273 Spreader Beam + Tackle
  • MEWP and Telehandler

The two gantry cranes weighed 122T each and measured 30.7x12x7.8m.

Sarens engineers worked out a customised solution for the client. The trolley and the cab was positioned on the overhead gantry crane as per Sarens’ specifications and parked in their pick-up position.

A 100T mobile crane assembled the SPMTs and Sarlift gantry within the warehouse adjacent to the overhead gantry crane before driving it into position. The overhead gantry crane was lifted 800mm using the Sarlift Gantry until the underside of the girders were above the rails. The SPMTs were then used in carousel mode to rotate the overhead gentry so that it could pass between the rails and lowered. Once lowered the crane was tandem lifted onto the ground using a 400T and 500T mobile crane.

The customised solution by Sarens provided considerable cost savings and ensured that the operation was completed safely:

Cost reduction was achieved due to:

  • No requirement to remove roof sections from warehouse.
  • No strengthening work required as supports were provided to the Overhead Gantry Crane.
  • Minimal disruption to port operations.

Safety achieved by:

  • Avoiding working at a height.
  • Reduction in project man hours.
  • Work undertaken within warehouse so reduced exposure to the elements.

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MSC breaks record of lifting heaviest breakbulk parcel from India

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MSC India achieved another milestone in project cargo shipping solutions, with the loading of a 140-ton transformer on MSC Regina from the port of Mundra, India. This is the heaviest ever breakbulk parcel moved by container ship from India, surpassing MSC’s previous record. The transformer is destined for a greenfield power transmission development project in Zambia.

MSC’s previous heavy-lift record was for the loading of a 115-ton transformer in 2018 at Port of Nhava Sheva. India is catching up countries such as China, Germany, South Korea and the USA, where pieces of more than 200 tons have already been loaded successfully on container vessels.

MSC has always put the customer at the center of its business, including by providing access to dedicated project cargo equipment to ensure the loading goes smoothly. Lifting gears were used to make this a successful loading using the right combination of special equipment.

Putting onboard a 140-ton parcel is a substantial process and requires immense focus and precision. Our teams demonstrated excellent teamwork and ensured synchronized coordination between the terminals, operations teams, stevedores, technical surveyors, and the shipper to analyze the all the technical aspects of the loading.

The company extended a special note of thanks to members of the team at Adani Mundra Terminal who extended their cooperation as always. This entire operation was completed in the allotted berthing window, enabling us to maintain the vessel’s service schedule.

The success of this operation has opened new doors for MSC to also cater to the heavy cargo category on container ships. This sets an excellent example of what perfect co-ordination and teamwork can do. Once again, the company raised the bar, proving the expertise and hard work can make the impossible, possible.

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SFL Corporation to acquire four modern Suezmax tankers

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SFL Corporation Ltd. announced that it has agreed to acquire four modern Suezmax tankers in combination with long term time charters to a subsidiary of Koch Industries, a world-leading industrial conglomerate.

The vessels are built in 2015 and 2020, respectively, and all four have modern eco-design features including exhaust gas cleaning systems. The aggregate purchase price of the vessels is $222.5 million and the Company expects to take delivery between August and October.

The charter period of the vessels will be six years, adding approximately $250 million to SFL’s fixed-rate backlog. The charterer will have a possibility to terminate the charters after three years against a termination fee and also an option to develop a sale of one or more of the vessels from year four of the charter period, including a profit share arrangement with SFL.

Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of SFL Management AS, said in a comment: “We are pleased to further expand our presence in the tanker market at what we believe is an attractive point in the cycle with historic low orderbook in the segment. The transaction demonstrates our standing in the market as a high quality provider of transportation services for industry leading customers, and we continue building our fleet and charter backlog with accretive acquisitions.”

SFL Corporation’s fleet of vessels is comprised of container vessels, car carriers, tanker vessels, bulkers and offshore drilling rigs. The company’s long term distribution capacity is supported by a portfolio of long term charters and significant growth in the asset base over time.

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“K” Line signs contract with AIRSEAS for three more “Seawing” units

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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.- “K” LINE has already decided to install “Seawing”, an automatic kite system developed by AIRSEAS SAS Ltd., on two of their Capesize bulkers, and has now signed the contract for the purchase of three additional “Seawing” units with AIRSEAS.

The additional “Seawing” units will be installed on three post-Panamax bulkers, which are expected to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20%, similar to Capesize bulkers case. This will be a one of our efforts to achieve our GHG reduction target. The first ship of implementation
is scheduled for a Capesize bulker in Dec. 2022.

In addition, “K” LINE and AIRSEAS have signed a technology development agreement for the effective utilization of the traction power from the “Seawing” based on renewable energy. Specifically, the objective of the agreement is to maximize the performance of “Seawing” by integrating “K” LINE’s ship operational technology with utilization of “Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions” and AIRSEAS’s “Seawing” development technology. “K” Line and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd Group have developed “K-IMS” ; Integrated vessel operation and performance management system.

“K” LINE is working to realize sustainable society and increase corporate value and reduce its environmental impact to achieve our goal of “Net Zero GHG Emissions by 2050” set forth in the “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 through the innovation of various environmental improvement technologies such as “Seawing”.

As an integrated logistics company, the “K” LINE Group is working to realize sustainable society and increase corporate value, and reduce its environmental impact based on its corporate philosophy of contributing to society so that people live well and prosperously.

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