The age of automation is here!

RAM’s Head of Sales & Marketing, Cameron Hay introduced the future of container handling at TOC Americas 2019 in Columbia

Hay delivered a talk on the RAM’s new automated PinSmart II machine.  He began the talk by discussing issues ports face with the current container handling process, acknowledging that manual twistlock operations are dangerous, inefficient and expensive.

To combat those issues, RAM has designed an automated machine, which Hay believes is “the future of container handling”.  The PinSmart II includes two cradles and a tool for all twistlocks, allowing rapid transfer between quay crane operations. The machine’s innovative design will lead to a more efficient quay crane cycle; save big on labour costs and operate in any weather conditions.

Learn more about Pinsmart II by clicking here.



RAM appoint new sales manager for Africa

RAM are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Javier Cazin Lozano as the new sales manager for Africa region.

With several years of experience in the container port industry, the new sales manager brings a wealth of expertise and insight into the growing African market.  Besides his experience, Javier holds a Masters in both Management and Law and is fluent in French, Spanish and English.

The recent appointment at RAM comes following their continued commitment to providing customers with a world-class sales service and products for ports and terminals in a bid to help further boost the African economy.

Sharing RAM’s enthusiasm for listening to customers’ needs and to find the best solution for their operations, Javier comments “I am looking forward to working closely with our sales agents in Africa to maintain relationships with existing clients as well as developing new market opportunities in the region“.

In addition, the sales manager will use his expertise to support the Southern Europe sales team.

If you would like to speak to Javier head over to our contacts page.

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.

Visit RAM at the 18th Intermodal Africa Exhibition| Ivory Coast | 22 – 23rd November 2017

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RAM Spreaders, a world leading spreader supplier for container handling and bulk cargo with over 40 years in the industry, is building a solid and broad foundation based on trust in Africa with terminal operators, logistics providers and cargo owners.

This year, Transport Events Intermodal Africa will take place in Abidjan on the Ivory Coast at the Radisson Blu Hotel.  The port of Abidjan is Africa’s biggest and most modern ports with a central location and a well developed infrastructure.

RAM Spreaders, who are an established supplier of spreaders and bulk handling machines in Africa are looking forward to visiting the exhibition in Abidjan and Frank van Laarhoven, RAM’s Senior Sales Manager will be delivering a talk on the benefits of containerised bulk handling.

Frank will be demonstrating the environmental impact of current bulk handling methods and reveal the benefits and cost effectiveness of the CBH system, with various case studies from ports and terminals who are already using the CBH system with the RAM Revolver who are seeing the benefits of this environmentally innovative bulk handling system.

In the run up to the event, Frank explains “It is a great opportunity for me to be able demonstrate to the people of Abidjan and surrounding locations, that the future of bulk handling relies upon new innovations that are also cost effective and meet new environmental guidelines”. 

Frank further explained “The fact that the CBH system has already been in operation in locations close to residential areas without any environmental impact, is what makes this system unique, innovative and cost effective; and will no doubt pave the way for future bulk handling operations in Africa.

Dont miss the talk on Thursday 23 November 2017 at 9:20am

We look forward to seeing you there.

RAM gives talk at TOC Americas 2017 Bulk Conference

The talk delivered by RAM’s Regional Manager for Latin America, Johnny Medranda centred on the future sustainability of current bulk handling logistic practices, when complying with increasingly stringent environmental issues and financial considerations; and demonstrated an award winning turnkey solution called “Containerised Bulk Handling”.

Recently a container terminal was able to increase its business by injecting >25% more container volume by loading copper concentrate.  One of the reasons for the switch to the CBH system was the benefit to the mining company of a zero loss system with no dust.

Click here to read the full bulletin.


RAM hear of customers delight with TPT at Port Elizabeth Container Terminal


Centre: Riyaadh Man Lee (TPT Engineering Technician) and Siya Mhlaluka (TPT General Manager, Eastern Cape Operations) with Port Elizabeth Technical Team. Picture courtesy of

RAM are delighted to hear that TPT’s introduction of the Containerised Bulk Handling system using the RAM Revolver at the Port Elizabeth Container Terminal has delighted customers, an article published in South Africa press reveals.

Since 2013, The Port Elizabeth Terminal has been ranked the highest in Africa for moves per hour, and is South Africa’s first terminal to load bulk ore carrying vessels using ship to shore cranes with RAM Revolver spreaders.  This achievement is all down to the wealth of experience and the innovative technical team at Transnet Port Terminal’s Port Elizabeth Terminal, which has helped save the company millions of Rands, improving turnaround time and setting loading records to meet customer expectations in May 2017.

The article showed the innovative technology introduced by TPT for loading bulk ore has enabled customers to export more than 2.5 million tons of manganese ore over the past four years; which has shown an increase in export volume by an average of 22.5 percent year-on-year.

Customers demand for capacity, increased loading rates and reduced vessel stay time at the port grew.  As a result, TPT introduced 2 more RAM Revolver’s complimenting the terminal with 3 fully operational adjacent cranes, allowing all three hatches of a vessel to be loaded simultaneously.

Recently the terminal broke yet another record in achieving a loading rate of 14,230 tons of Manganese ore in just 12 hours.

The way in which this terminal has broken records in bulk export in South Africa, and that customer’s satisfaction and confidence has grown; will no doubt lead to increased business and new business growth for the Terminal.