Description of the E-Crane
In the spring of 2001, Beelman River Terminals began offloading operations at their new terminal in Venice, IL., which is situated on the east bank of the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis.
The crane was engineered specifically for the Beelman facility and is mounted on a 4-legged pedestal directly to 4 piles. The receiving hopper is barge mounted and captive between dolphins. This design allows for a full range of river levels without effecting the unloading cycle time.
Although the complete facility and infrastructure at the Venice facility is not complete…
The E-Crane is working every day offloading direct to trucks – and even with 5 trucks making round trips – the crane is outpacing them. The operator who is new to operating heavy equipment, has become very productive with the new E-Crane. It is not uncommon for him to offload a full 1800 ton barge, including clean-up, in less than 2 hours with only three months experience.
According to Jason — the crane operator:
The machine is great! Very comfortable to operate.
The Stevedores reported:
The E-Crane does a great job at the bottom, leaving little material in the barge making clean-up quick and simple. The powered rotator on the grab makes cleaning the corners quick.