In a landmark delivery, Belfast Harbour Commissioners new Mantsinen 300M was delivered in one-piece in June 2019 which marks a watershed for future deliveries of hydraulic cranes into port side customers for the UK port-equipment supply specialist.
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.
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 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 Mantsinen 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” Cooper continued “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.”
To view the new Mantsinen 300 brochure, click here.