RAM have been featured in World Cargo News, discussing the new pipe-handling spreader.
The article published by WCN in December discusses the increase in demand for pipe handling attachments for jib cranes, including shipboard cranes and MHCs. World Cargo news raises current issues of current pipe handling operations, suggesting (un)loading is labour intensive, slow and often dangerous. This is a particular problem with coated pipes, which are not airtight and therefore cannot be handled using vacuum technology.
The article reports the solution to these issues is the RAM’s pipe-handling spreader. Its telescopic quad beam system and end grippers with purpose-built padding protecting the pipes from any damage during the lifting and handling process. The article also informs on the spreader’s other beneficial features such as the option of the pipe spreader being powered from the crane’s power supply or self-contained diesel power unit; how it can be controlled by the crane operator or wireless and its LED and camera system to ensure a safe working environment.
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RAM are delighted to hear that following the introduction of Containerised Bulk Handling at Port Elizabeth Container Terminal (PECT) in South Africa, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) placed a repeat order with RAM of 4 units of the RAM Revolver bulk handling spreader.
TPT handles large volumes of bulk exports annually at its Port Elizabeth Container Terminal and recently employed containerised bulk handling. The terminal invested in 4 units of RAM Revolver, to help them service their base of customers better.
Click here to read more out about Transnet Port Terminals flexible approach and clever use of capital and how RAM and Transnet Port Terminals are also helping to support the local community and subsidise teachers and provide funding to help the local school.
By: GREENPORT | 14th Nov 2018
Efficient Spreader Reduces Eco-Impact
Industry publication GREENPORT published online on hearing that APM Terminals in Poti, Georgia has recently commissioned a new revolving spreader to load copper concentrate into bulk vessels, helping to improve efficiency and minimising environmental impact during bulk cargo loading operations.
The news item reveals that APMT Terminals Poti, took delivery of a RAM Revolver for their MHC Crane Containerised Bulk Handling operation, which was a decision based on addressing the needs of their customers, enabling both sides to become more efficient and environmentally friendly.
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By: Dry Cargo International’s Louise Dodds-Ely
Biomass cargoes need special handling…
The transition from traditional energy sources, such as fossil fuel to renewable resources, opens up interesting opportunities for ports, which are finding creative and effective ways to transport, store and load reneable bulk materials.
This article published by Dry Cargo International explains the growing trend in using reneable energy sources, and the way in which one particular port expanded their biomass export logistics, to a more efficient and environmentally friendly operation called ‘Containerised Bulk Handling’.
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Emmanuel Mair of Container Management looks at the way spreader manufacturers are moving firmly towards the direction of tandem lift operations helping customers reduce downtime and improve productivity.
Equipment companies normally have two basic things in mind when tailoring their products to customers’ needs: maximising the efficiency and productivity of their product offerings and ensuring that downtime is minimised through durable designs and quality maintenance. Spreader manufacturers are no different from anyone else in this respect.
The trend towards single-hoist tandem headblock systems is one which RAM Spreaders wants to capitalise on. Virtually all cranes delivered within 5–10 years will be single-hoist tandem, Cameron Hay, the company’s chief sales officer, told CM, citing studies by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC) and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), which suggest that dual-hoist systems are becoming antiquated.
RAM’s product can fit any standard headblock connection, while the changeover from a single spreader to a tandem spreader is fully automated, taking less than two minutes.
For terminals looking to operate in tandem, a key issue is the percentage of lifts that can be done in tandem. Hay explained: “Our clients have 40% tandem operations – that’s critical. One of the key reasons why they can do that is …click here to read the full article.
Port Strategy publication reports in their March 2018 edition on the Containerised Bulk Handling reaching new markets.
The article reveals that the CBH system is giving ports a fresh lease of life with more ports today embracing the system and is currently operating in Australia, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Latvia; all mineral rich countries.
Whilst some ports and terminals are wary of trying out a new approach, Ausenco Vice President of Ausenco points out “in my experience, I have found that some client’s apprehension about ‘trying something new‘ is s result of focusing soley on the new equipment and an uncertainty in how th impliement this concept for their application. When presented with the bigger picture – the development of an integrated logistics solution that is optimised for geography, existing infrastructure and specific commodity – they are more open to this approach”.
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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”.
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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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