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’.
Click here to read the the extract from DCi’s October 2018 edition.
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”.
Find out more by clicking here to view the full article published by Port Strategy.
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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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RAM Spreaders makes successful challenges to a Rotainer patent in a hearing at the national patent office.
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.
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 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.
More information can be found also on our RAM SingFlex News Page.
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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.
World Port Development reported in their December 2017 edition on Riga Universal Terminals increase in biomass productivity since the introduction of the Containerised Bulk Handling system which uses the rotating spreader RAM Revolver®
The article reports on Riga Universal Terminals ability to quadruple their biomass productivity which has been fueled by the recent demands for renewable energy sources.
The CBH system which involves the use of open top container and rotating spreader which utilises existing port equipment to export biomass, or any other bulk commodity for that matter. In Riga Universal Terminals’ case, they used their existing Liebherr MHC cranes and projected a 30 cycles per hour being possible with skilled operators.
The article by Word Port Developement goes on to reveal that RUT did a comparison with the work of a small handler with that of the RAM Revolver® and showed that the RAM Revolver out-performed the small handler by 4-1 as the small handler managed 200tph whilst the RAM Revolver® achieved 800tph.
You can read the full article by World Port Developement by clicking here.
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