Cooper Specialised Handling has confirmed the delivery of the world’s largest hydraulic crane to Belfast Harbour and that it has entered service. Also, in a landmark delivery, the machine was delivered in one-piece which marks a watershed for future deliveries of hydraulic cranes into port side customers for the UK port-equipment supply specialist.
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 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.
The new 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 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.”
In what was a first for Cooper, the 300M was delivered as a complete unit having been assembled in Mantsinen’s assembly facility in Rauma on Finland’s West coast. The sub-assemblies were manufactured in Mantsinen’s production facility in Liperi, Central-East Finland but final assembly and function testing was completed in Rauma this facilitating a direct port-to-port sailing which took 6 days. Actual transfer of the crane onto the quay took just 30 minutes.
David Cooper added “This represents the future of crane deliveries. Large cranes can take 5-days of building and expensive twin-lift mobile cranes to assist in the build function– this method eliminates the need of disassembly for shipping and re-assembly on arrival which ties up quay areas as build areas for a long period of time”. Cooper continued “For our port customers, we can see all future deliveries, large and small, being completed this way”
Operating in all sectors of heavy lifting across the UK and Ireland, Cooper Specialised Handling is the exclusive UK distributor for SveTruck, RAM Spreaders, Telestack bulk material handling conveying systems and Sany mobile handling equipment, sole UK importer and exclusive distributor for Mantsinen cranes, Movella Translifters, TEC Containers and a long-term specialist in Konecranes lift trucks. The company, which celebrated 20 years in business in 2018, also has a dedicated after-sales division, Cooper Handling Solutions, which specialises in engineering support.
Independently owned, Cooper offers total solutions in both solids and bulk handling. Its customised solutions comprise high quality, high value products and reliable service for businesses operating in the most challenging heavy handling environments, including ports, freight handling, inter-modal terminals, manufacturing and other heavy lifting industries.