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INFRABILD - magazine for construction equipment and toolsyear XV, issue 5, 2021

Smart Material Handling Solutions for Port Applications

Smart Material Handling Solutions for Port Applications

On his presentation during the Ports & Hubs Conference, this April in Athens, Mr. Ibarth marketing director of Sennebogen, underlined the driving forces for development in the Port industry and presented the different features in shipping industry. According to him about 25% of European scrap metal is exported to China annually. Sennebogen, the first choice for Port equipment worldwide is regarded as the most reliable partner in Port industry by offering flexibility in several options for every special application, along with time and energy saving and dramatically cost reduction in loading unloading.

It is estimated that from 1986 to 2007 there was a constant increase of 4% -in average-concerning the growth rate in seaborne trade worldwide. A reason for the ports becoming more competitive and updated to current global needs is the increasing demand in energy and raw materials combined with the growth in BRIC Brazil, Russia, India, China- and other emerging markets.

As every port is unique with special requirements, the equipment should be focused and aligned with all different features a port is dealing with: the kind of material is handled; dry bulk, containers, scrap, general cargo, wooden pallets, pulp, big packs, etc; the available space for loading unloading (stationery mobile solution, equipment in rails); the access to electrical power, port facilities, etc. (other energy sources); the access and proximity of cargo warehouses (e.g. cargo villages); the connection with other ways of the cargo transition to end destination (by rail, trucks, etc.); other port applications (e.g. dredging, off shore wind farms, etc.)

All this different port features define at some point the orientation of Ports to certain material handling applications and other port applications to ensure the sustainable and viable future of the investment.

The German manufacturer Sennebogen with about 60 years of experience in materials handling applications based on three market segments; GREEN LINE (material handling machinery), CRANE LINE (cranes for lifting and duty cycle, PORT LINE (for harbor applications), constitutes the most reliable partner in every port.

The most state-of-the-art materials handling machinery mobile, crawler, stationery, in rails, rail portal gantry, with pylon and in pontoon, equipped with handy size bulker and even at the Paramax class version represent the most reliable and profitable solution tailored in every special port application. To reduce ground pressure there is also a possibility of using additional plates customized to special needs.

The smart material handling machinery can decrease stevedoring time up to the one third of the time needed for stevedoring with rope cranes. Operations with a typical rope crane constitute three steps; manual fastening, lifting and swinging and manual release. The Sennebogen 870 M materials handling machinery operating with the multi-tool quick coupler and a special attachment for pulp handling picks up the load automatically, lifts and swings and releases the load automatically. Above all, the latter is not a stable equipment and can be transported to where is needed.

All Sennebogen products can be equipped either with diesel engine, electro-hydraulic drives and even a combination of diesel and electro-engine for different applications. Customized length and kinematics for either boom or stick is also advised for different cases. The spacious standard cabin of all machinery known as MAXCAB includes sliding door, automatic air conditioning, air comfort seat offering all around view and comfort. The industrial MAXCAB is used for special port applications, with spacious interior, bullet proof glass, straight and tilted front screen. One more version, the Port cab of 1,5 m width with a large ground window offers the perfect view for all port operations. All cabins are hydraulically lifted.