Ports of Auck­land’s dis­ap­pear­ing con­tainer crane

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

Ports of Auck­land’s old­est con­tainer crane is be­ing dis­man­tled.

‘D’ crane has been on the port since 1991, but its days mov­ing con­tain­ers are over. It is now be­ing taken down piece by piece, a process that is ex­pected to take four weeks. The job started in early Novem­ber.

Since 2011, Ports of Auck­land has made huge ef­fi­ciency gains at its Fer­gus­son Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal. As a re­sult the port has been able to close Bledis­loe Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal and its three cranes are no longer needed. Bledis­loe Ter­mi­nal now han­dles roll-on, roll-off (‘Ro-Ro’) ves­sels which carry new and used cars, heavy ve­hi­cles (trucks, buses, trains, trac­tors, con­struc­tion equip­ment etc.) and large project cargo that can’t fit on con­tainer ships.

‘D’ crane is no longer op­er­a­tional and will be scrapped. ‘E’ & ‘F’ cranes, which date from 1996, are still op­er­a­tional and it is hoped a buyer can be found for them.

“It will be sad to see the old cranes go. They are an iconic fea­ture of the work­ing wa­ter­front, of­ten pho­tographed by vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike. But times have changed. We no longer han­dle con­tain­ers at that end of the port and we need the room for other types of cargo. Re­mov­ing these cranes helps us make bet­ter use of our ex­ist­ing land,” said Tony Gib­son, Ports of Auck­land CEO.

‘D’ crane was com­mis­sioned in 1991 and first op­er­ated on Fer­gus­son Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal. It was moved from Fer­gus­son (on the back of two trucks) and re­lo­cated to Bledis­loe Ter­mi­nal in 2007.

‘D’ crane was de­signed and man­u­fac­tured by Noell GmbH of Ger­many. The main struc­ture was built in Abu Dhabi, with walk­ways and lad­ders built by IST Engi­neer­ing of Pen­rose. The boom and apex of ‘E’ & ’F’ cranes were built in Auck­land by Grayson Engi­neer­ing. All cranes were erected and com­mis­sioned by Ports of Auck­land’s engi­neer­ing depart­ment.

‘D’, ‘E’ & ‘F’ cranes are 67.85 me­tres high and weigh 787 tonnes.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.