Date: February 2014
Cooper Specialised Handling, a division of the recently created Cooper Handling Group Ltd, has announced details of a new deal that will see the company supply Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners (LPHC), with a Mantsinen hydraulic hydraulic crane.
The 120 tonne crane is to be mounted on a wheeled under-carriage and will have a 14 metre boom and 12 metre stick configuration. The slew ring will be 5 metres above the ground and the machine will be supplied with Mantsinen’s 5 metre pantograph extending cab.
An array of attachments will also be supplied to enable LPHC to load and discharge a wide range of products, including grain, fertiliser, biomass, RDF bales, coal and scrap metal.
The contract, which is expected to be completed mid 2014, marks a significant breakthrough for Cooper SH and David Cooper, Director of Cooper Handling Group, said he was delighted the company has been awarded its first Mantsinen supply contract.
“The concept of hydraulic cranes still remains largely unexplored and only when the speed and accuracy of these machines can be seen can the advantages be truly recognised.”
The Mantsinen cranes range in capacity from 70 tonnes dead-weight through to 240 tonnes and are available on rails, tracks or wheels.
The machines are manufactured complete by Mantsinen and, whilst Mantsinen have supplied earlier models in the UK, this represents the very first totally manufactured machine – the earlier models being configured around a proprietary source upper frame.
David continued: “These hydraulic cranes are gaining a reputation for speed and productivity with discharge rates up to 1100 tonnes per hour – far quicker than rope-crane alternatives, and offer greater accuracy too.”
The Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners’’ contract was placed under the auspices of an EU public tender and George Cuthbert, Port Engineer, commented: “The Mantsinen crane from Cooper SH demonstrated a high specification product ideally suited to our existing and future activities in Foyle Port.
“The 120M crane will also offer the capacity and reach to access the larger vessels that visit the port,” he added.
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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.