NEW CRANES A WORLD FIRST

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN the ar­rival of the new Ports of Auck­land cranes on the DEMM Face­book page and other me­dia. It was quite im­pres­sive. In case you missed it, here are the key facts.

• Height: 82.3 me­tres (cur­rent cranes are 69.2m). For com­par­i­son, the HSBC build­ing in down­town Auck­land is 81m and the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge is 64m.

• Weight: 2,100 tonnes (cur­rent cranes are 1,200 and 1,300 tonnes).

• Able to lift four con­tain­ers at once, weigh­ing up to 130 tonnes, a New Zea­land first (cur­rent cranes can lift two, up to 65 tonnes).

• Able to be re­motely op­er­ated – a New Zea­land first.

• World first: Can lift con­tain­ers stacked at up to 1.2 me­tres height dif­fer­ence.

• Lash plat­forms, a New Zea­land first and an in­dus­trylead­ing safety in­no­va­tion.

• Can ser­vice ships of over 11,000 TEU, fu­ture­proof­ing Auck­land’s port against fu­ture ship size in­creases.

• Out­reach: 21 con­tain­ers across (cur­rent cranes 16 and 19 across).

• Boom length (wa­ter­side to tip): 70m (cur­rent cranes 50.7m and 56.9m).

• Built in Shang­hai and took four weeks to sail from Shang­hai to Auck­land.

• Enough so­lar pan­els to power the aver­age Kiwi home and 100 per­cent LED light­ing.

• Project cost: NZD60 mil­lion (three cranes, plus sup­port­ing equip­ment).

There will be a five to six month com­mis­sion­ing process be­fore the cranes start op­er­at­ing on the new deep-wa­ter con­tainer berth at the north end of Fer­gus­son con­tainer ter­mi­nal.

Deputy Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Wayne Thomp­son said that con­tainer vol­umes con­tinue to show healthy growth, in line with the eco­nomic and pop­u­la­tion growth of Auck­land.

“For that rea­son we are in­vest­ing in our peo­ple and in­fra­struc­ture to en­sure we can con­tinue to meet the grow­ing needs of Auck­land and the Up­per North Is­land. The new cranes are part of our strat­egy to grow our con­tainer through­put while re­spect­ing Auck­lan­ders’ de­sire to pro­tect the Waitem­atā har­bour. It is a sus­tain­able so­lu­tion.

“The new cranes will be able to carry up to four con­tain­ers at once, so we will be able to load and un­load ships faster. The new berth they will be in­stalled on is our deep­est, so this will be­come our premium berth able to han­dle the big­gest ships with higher pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“The in­vest­ment we are mak­ing at our ter­mi­nal, in new equip­ment and au­to­ma­tion, will al­low us to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease our ca­pac­ity. Projects un­der­way or planned will in­crease ca­pac­ity from 900,000 TEUs a year cur­rently to around 1.6 –1.7 mil­lion TEUs, enough to cater for the needs of an Auck­land pop­u­la­tion of over 2.5 mil­lion. With fur­ther in­vest­ment we es­ti­mate that on our ex­ist­ing land area we can han­dle up to three mil­lion TEUs, ca­ter­ing for an Auck­land pop­u­la­tion of five mil­lion peo­ple.

“Safety has been an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion in the de­sign of th­ese new cranes. In a New Zea­land first, they will come fit­ted with ‘lash­ing plat­forms’ so that our peo­ple no longer have to work on the ground next to heavy ma­chin­ery, re­duc­ing risk. Lash­ing plat­forms will also be retro­fit­ted to our ex­ist­ing cranes. We will also im­prove driver er­gonomics by us­ing a bet­ter seat de­sign.

“The cranes come fit­ted with a num­ber of fea­tures to re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion, as well as a 26kW so­lar power sys­tem to off­set mains power con­sump­tion.

“With the ar­rival of the new cranes at the ter­mi­nal next year, we will no longer need the old con­tainer cranes on Bledis­loe wharf and they will be re­moved in due course. With the ef­fi­ciency gains we have made over the last six years, we no longer need a sec­ond con­tainer ter­mi­nal.”

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