Africa Port helps RAM re-engineer MHC spreaders for tough environment

Leading Angola terminal operator Sogester invests in new large MHC cranes and RAM’s heavy-duty spreaders to service container volume increase.

Critical to the success of the terminal is reliable spreaders. In 2019, RAM Spreaders supplied the terminal with four mobile harbour crane spreaders (MHC). Given how busy the terminal is, the spreaders suffered some heavy impacts, so the terminal’s engineering manager called RAM with some suggestions.

The changing face of Mobile Harbour Cranes
Traditionally, mobile harbour cranes are mainly considered for smaller ports with lower lifting capacity and speeds. This tradition is changing with the advent of big MHC cranes, such as the LHM 600 and more recently the giant LHM 800, with larger container terminals now using these types of crane.

Listening to the customer
After delivering several spreaders to Sogester terminal in 2019, RAM’s technical manager for Africa Louis Du Plessis made several upgrades to protect the spreaders integrity and further boost performance in a demanding environment.

Sogester Terminal engineering team and technical manager Adil Bennani identified some aspects of the design that required improvements to give the spreaders increased reliability.

After listening carefully to Sogester, spending time in the workshop and observing vessel loading, Louis and Adil came up with several changes to improve the performance of the spreaders.  Louis and the RAM design team got straight to work to develop a new design for the 2750 model heavy-duty MHC spreader.

Adil commented after the consultation Louis arrived on site and we both carefully analysed the problems together. Louis listened to our concerns, and we are really pleased with the new heavy-duty design.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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