Twistlock Handling – The Last Major Port Challenge

By: Cameron Hay and Mani Chellappa

With the top 100 ports in the world now handling more than 700 million TEU’s, there is a growth in automation and technology to improve productivity, but one key area remains untouched…Twistlock Handling.

This article discusses the function of the twistlock cone, the hazards of manual handling and what systems are being used to help improve the task.

Click here to read the full article.

Newsletter – September 2018

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Dear Friends, welcome you back to RAM Spreaders News.

It has been a busy period at RAM since our last newsletter.  We’ve been working on a number of key new innovations and developments to help increase our customer’s productivity and efficiency, which will further strengthen our geographical footprint.

Let’s become more energy efficient
Being energy efficient is a hot topic of discussion in our industry at the moment.  Ports and Terminals are increasingly under pressure by various environmental guidelines to improve air quality around ports and terminals and reduce the amount of energy consumed.

At RAM we are driven to provide you with the best possible solutions to not only save energy but also boost productivity.

Our RAM SingFlex Tandem40 Headblock system designed for single hoist cranes is becoming very popular with more ports and terminals adopting the tandem spreader system.  RAM SingFlex has also been identified as the best tandem system available by SIPG when comparing it to other tandem systems available.

A recent study shows that on average a port or terminal can save up to 15% energy when using RAM SingFlex™, compared to a single spreader operation.  That equates to savings of up to €400,000 for a 1 million TEU terminal per year.

I am also pleased to report that our customers using SingFlex are seeing an increase in productivity, by moving more containers per lift cycle. In the long term this will help reduce the crane operational and maintenance costs per TEU.

The industry is now clearly moving towards higher TEU ratios and ‘tandem 40’ is quickly becoming a normal method of moving containers on a single hoist crane.  Keeping with this theme, we have produced an article in this newsletter that reveals some interesting facts about using tandem over single spreader operations, and compares the energy saving benefits when using RAM SingFlex™.

Group meeting “Grabs & Spreaders”
Our Group Holding Company, SMAG, recently hosted an Agents meeting at their headquarters in Salzgitter Germany.  It brought together Agents from both RAM and SMAG to combine their areas of sales expertise, and help provide an even stronger global presence of our group of companies.

The new combined group sales strategy provides our customers with an even wider range of products available that now includes various types of bulk handling grabs.  The collaboration ensure even higher levels of service and support are now achieved and firmly establishes our group as the world’s leading lifting accessories supplier between crane and load.

Seeing us in person
If you attended TOC Europe in Rotterdam this year, you would have without doubt noticed our coffee stand at the entrance hall.  The team served around 1600 cups of quality coffee over two days.  I would like to thank all who helped, and to all who visited the coffee stand to enjoy a coffee and a chat.

Don’t worry, if you didn’t catch us at TOC Europe as we will be at the following events over the next few months:

September 25/27 | 2nd Baltic Sea Ports & Shipping | Latvia
November 13/15 | TOC Americas | Panama
November 27/29 | 20th Intermodal Africa | Ghana

Click on the PDF icon at the top of this posting for a roundup of our top news, which include:

Customer News – Americas | Black Sea Region | Africa & Middle East
Spreader Components Explained – Twistlocks
The Importance of Genuine Spare Parts
Case Study – Tandem Lifting Boosting Productivity & Reducing Energy Consumption
Internal Activities – Grab Meeting | Customer Training | Group Exhibition
And Finally – RAM 2420 Model celebrating 21 years in service

 

TOC hosts talk on trends in tandem lifting

TOC host talk on trends in tandem lifting

TOC Europe 2018 in Rotterdam played host to a talk by Cameron Hay on the trends in tandem lifting that show an increase in ports and terminals using single hoist tandem.

The talk began by making reference to published technical article by SIPG revealing some design and complexity issues with dual hoist operations and that dual hoist operations consume a high amount of energy, which as a result are not generally in high use.  Also discussed was the fact that new terminals are not selecting dual hoist cranes, but instead opting for more economical single hoist dual spreader cranes.

The results of an independent review showed the RAM SingFlex single hoist system was a superior headblock.

Cameron commented

The industry is clearly moving toward higher TEU ratios and tandem 40 will be the norm.  Terminals using SingFlex are achieving greater than 40% of all moves in tandem with its flexible design.”

Click here to see the full Power Point Presentation delivered by RAM at TOC Europe 2018

 

Newsletter (February 2018)

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Dear Friends, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you back to RAM Spreaders News.

Things have been hectic since the last edition.  We deepened our relationship with key accounts, expanded out geographical footprint, scored an award and are in the process of working on new product launches.

Delivering Value to Customers
It is always heartening to hear how our systems solve business challenges and increase productivity for our customers. Hence, you can imagine our excitement when we hear about the excellent feedback Transnet Port Terminals received from their customers following their introduction of the Containerised Bulk Handling system, using our RAM Revolver rotating spreader and broke loading rate records for the port.

Another customer in Latvia, Riga Universal Terminals, also saw an improvement in their biomass productivity with the implementation of the RAM Revolver Containerised Bulk Handling System. Being the very first RAM Revolver operating in Europe, this achievement is especially significant. See article on page 8 of our PDF newsletter.

Bolstering Our Market Presence
As a result of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, Russia and the CIS markets are seeing unprecedented growth. In order to leverage the opportunities presented by the growing CIS region, in particular Black and Caspian Sea, we have added a new member – Evgenii Kudriavtcev – to our team. Based in Russia, Evgenii is tasked to grow our presence in the CIS region with the full range of RAM-SMAG range of spreaders and bulk handling equipment.

Winning a Business Accolade
Just months after we bagged the International Bulk Journal Innovative Technology Award, we received another prestigious award at the recent SME100 Awards. RAM was awarded the SME100 Award for Fast Moving Companies in Singapore. This is a proud achievement that belonged to everyone. It would have been impossible without the support of our staff, partners and customers.

New Developments
As a forward looking company, we continue to keep a close watch on market trends in the container handling and bulk handling industry, exploring relevant opportunities. I am glad to share that our research and development efforts have been fruitful, and in the coming months, we will be launching new products, which will provide customers with an even bigger choice of machines to suit their needs. In particular, you can look forward to next generation PinSmart™ Automated Twistlock Handling.

This is an exciting time for us as a company. We are achieving many great breakthroughs. But we are mindful that these are only possible with continued help and support from you – our customers and friends. Thank you and we look forward to another great year with you in 2018.

Click on the PDF icon at the top of this posting for a roundup of our top news, which include:

New Product Launch
SME100 Award
Customer News
How To Video
Special Feature: SMAG STS Grab
Special Feature: RUT Biomass Export
In Profile: Babuchandran Balakrishnan

 

Riga Universal Terminal increases performance with CBH

RAM in the news Riga increases performance with cbh

Dry Cargo International reports in February 2018 on Riga Universal Terminal’s increase in performance using the Containerised Bulk Handling solution with the RAM Revolver®

Back in November 2017 we revealed DCi’s article on Riga Universal Terminals Ltd (RUT)  becoming the first port in Europe to introduce the Containerised Bulk Handling system for the movement of wood pellets on large dry bulk ships.

Since then, a new report by DCi in February 2018 shows that RUT have optimized the terminals expenses and increased their performance since the bulk handling technology was introduced.

Antis Šulte, RUT Trade and Business Development Director said to Dry Cargo International “By introducing the containerised cargo handling we have become more competative and can better adjust to customer requirements“. Following the general tendancy in cargo carriage, dry bulk ships handled at our terminal are becoming even larger.  By Means of a new technology, we are able to ensure fast and effective loading of these large ships”.

By applying the new technology Antis Šulte further added “We are able to load dry bulk and containers at the same pier, using one portal-frame lift.  It allows it to quickly organize its work at the terminalk and quickly handle any type of ship”.

Click here to view the full article from DCi.


 

RAM Spreaders wins second patent case against AMMESA – Rotainer

RAM in the news Patent Second Win

RAM Spreaders makes successful challenges to a Rotainer patent in a hearing at the national patent office.

Summary
Following a recent hearing at the National Patent Office in Canberra, Australia RAM Spreaders had succeeded in the opposition against a Rotainer-AMMESA patent application.

The National Patent office found in the opposition hearing brought by NSL, that an AMMESA Patent application relating to apparatus for handling of containers for bulk purposes lacked novelty as it did not involve any inventive steps; and as a result the patent was not granted to AMMESA.

Background
Company AMMESA submitted a Patent application relating to apparatus for the handling of containers for bulk purposes. The patent was for a container tipping device for which there are extensive prior patents.

RAM Spreaders parent company (NSL) raised concerns that the new patent was surprisingly similar to older patents, and supplied extensive examples of these patents to the national patent office which showed the old patent art. This included two American patents and documents prepared by RAM founder, Robert Arthur Mills.

The RAM Spreaders (NSL) concerns were raised in the form of a ‘notice of opposition’ under various subsections of the Patents Act 1990, insofar as the invention, as claimed, is not a patentable invention as it is not novel.

In March of 2017, the opposition hearing was held at the National Patent Office in Canberra.  National Patent Office Delegate Mr. Ed Knock, who chaired the hearing, deliberated the evidence brought before him by the opposition RAM Spreaders (NSL) against the patent application submitted by AMMESA.


Click here to read the full article which includes the decision and conclusion to the case.

 

Port of Qingdao automated terminal uses RAM SingFlex to help achieve 5.2 million TEU capacity

RITN Port of Qingdao

Port of Qingdao Automated Container Terminal is able to achieve 5.2 million TEU capacity thanks to the RAM SingFlex twin spreader headblock connection on single hoist cranes.

XINHAUNET news reported in May on the Port of Qingdao putting into operation their fully automated container terminal which has the ability to serve 24,000 container ships every year thanks to the RAM SingFlex tandem headblock connection; which enables the port to increased lifting rates with single hoist cranes.

We reported back in our April 2017 Newsletter on the Port of Qingdao ordering 7 units of our RAM SingFlex single hoist tandem 40 headblocks for their fully automated terminal.

The order followed the terminal’s long study into the RAM SingFlex tandem headblock connection for single hoist cranes with alternatives.  The study recommended the RAM SingFlex to be the solution for the two new automated terminals because of the flexibility, low capital cost and proven stable design.  It also has the flexibility to couple with all spreaders, ensuring no obsolete equipment.

The XINHAUNET news article on Port of Qingdao can be viewed here.


RAM SingFlex is quickly becoming the tandem headblock of choice with units sold in China, Southeast Asia, North Africa, South America and UK.

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RAM SingFlex Case Study
Read the terminals long study into the RAM SingFlex and alternatives here.

Videos
RAM SingFlex can be seen in action here.

Get in Touch
If you would like to learn more about the RAM SingFlex, please contact our local sales agent for further details.

PortalPortuario reports on Puerto Angamos transferring a record 2 million tons of bulk with CBH

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PortalPortuario reports on Puerto Angamos in Chile transferring a record 2 million tons of bulk since using the Containerised Bulk Handling System with the RAM Revolver®

Back in May 2017 we reported on Puerto Angamos producing a video showing their containerised bulk handling operation using 3 mobile harbour cranes, each with a RAM Revolver® rotating spreader.  Puerto Angamos is making more news again in January 2018 with PortalPortuario reporting on the port achieving an operating record of 2 million tons of bulk which includes copper concentrate since using the Containerised Bulk Handling process.

This is another milestone achievement for the port as during October of 2017, Puerto Angamos achieved an operational record, transferring 126,000 tons of copper concentrate in one month.

Click the following links below to read the full article from PortalPortuario in translated English language and the original news article in Spanish.

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