The RAM SingFlex was in the news again this week as DPW London Gateway deployed the system to work a record breaking USAC ship
In order to attract big ships to the port, shipping lines are requiring fast turn arounds and the SingFlex is helping by handling up to 60 boxes an hour.
The news article, published by World Cargo International on the 2nd January 2016 describes how the record breaking achievement was reached.
RAM Spreaders’ SingFlex Twin40 Headblock becomes integral part of London Gateway Container Terminal and secures a repeat order.
Tandem lifts with the RAM Spreaders’ Twin40 headblock system (SingFlex) have been a significant factor in achieving world leading productivity and operating flexibility at London’s new, state of the art container terminal London Gateway operated by DP World.
RAM SingFlex head block has been installed on the terminal’s new single hoist ship to shore cranes increasing vessel productivity and ensuring that world class handling rates are achieved. The headblocks have been in operation since the terminal opened in November 2013.
“We are very happy with the product and its performance. We are the only terminal in the UK able to do tandem operation and with this product we will able to deliver world class productivity. We have worked well with the team at RAM. They have been very responsive in optimising this new product and making operations work efficiently”
Andrew Bowen, Engineering Director, London Gateway
A new order for the second phase of the terminal has been placed with RAM for a further 4 SingFlex and 9 STS spreaders. The repeat order is a show of faith in a reliable product.
“This repeat order is evidence that SingFlex works well. It will bring the number of units in use globally to 30 and making RAM the only OEM with large numbers of reliably operating single hoist tandem systems”
Philip Lee, CEO RAM Spreaders
What is ‘SingFlex’?
RAM Spreaders’ announces major new orders at DPW London Gateway and Jebel Ali Phase three of its innovative “SingFlex” tandem 40 headblock and spreaders.
In the UK, world leader in technology DPW London Gateway Container Terminal located on the north bank of the River Thames in London have purchased 8 units of RAM Spreaders ‘SingFlex‘ tendem headblocks and 18 units of RAM ‘CentreSpread’ twinlift ship to shore crane spreaders. The spreaders are fitted with RAM’s innovative ‘ShockAbsorbTM ‘ for noise and impact supression.
Whilst in the Middle East, to support the growing trade in Dubai, Phase III of Jebel Ali is set to be the most technologically advanced terminals of its generation, DPW has ordered 19 units of the ‘SingFlex’ tandem headblock and 40 units of RAM ‘CentreSpread’ twinlift ship to shore crane spreaders. At the quay side DPW have ordered 50 units of Automated rail mounted gantry cranes with RAM Model 3970 ‘All-Electric’ ‘CentreSpread’ telescopic spreaders. Hi-torque electric flippers fitted to the spreaders simulate the mechanical simplicity and benefits of flippers without the use of hydraulic power.
Supporting this major order and the growing fleet of spreaders in the Middle East, RAM has appointed a Regional Technical Manager who will be based at a new office in the Jebel Ali Free Zone. The decision to appoint a Regional Technical Manager in Jebel Ali, RAM’s CEO Philip Lee explains “was to serve as a support to both Jebel Ali and the large number of spreaders we currently have in Oman, Yemen, Saudi, Qatar, Kuwait and Egypt“.
In addition to a new Technical manager RAM has signed an agreement with World Crane Services (WCS) based in Jebil Ali to stock and distribute spare parts to Jebil Ali and other regional customers. (more…)