E-Crane is heating up South-America
3 New E-Cranes Installed in South America in late Summer
E-Crane has had a very busy end to the summer with three new E-Crane installations taking place back to back in South America. All three cranes are being used for grain handling operations at facilities located in Argentina. One E-Crane is installed at CHS, Inc. to unload Mississippi and Paraná sized barges into a hopper nearby on the dock. The other two new E-Cranes are installed together on a single barge at a UABL facility. The barge acts as midstream transfer system to move grain from material barges to Panamax sized ships.
Grain Handling at CHS, Inc
CHS, Inc. located near Zarate, AR, purchased a pedestal mounted 1500 Series / Model 11264 E-Crane earlier this year for their grain handling operation. The E-Crane is dock mounted and transfers grain from Mississippi and Paraná sized barges to a hopper located on the dock alongside the E-Crane. The E-Crane has an outreach of 26,4 m (86.5 ft) and a duty cycle capacity of 16.5 Mtons (18.2 UStons). The crane is equipped with a 14 m3 (18.3 yd3) hydraulic clamshell grab and is expected to achieve an unloading rate of over 1000 mtph. The project is similar to the Terminal 6, S.A. installation which took place in 2013.
About CHS, Inc
CHS is one of the largest processers of soybean and grain. The company refines more than 1.3 billion pounds of soybean oil annually that’s used in a wide variety of food products and applications, including margarines, butter, spreads and coffee creamers. They process nearly 120 million bushels of soybean annually, the equivalent of million acres that’s used to extend meat products, reduce costs and boost protein with lower fat content. At processing and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Israel and China, they produce 3 million tons (2.7 million metric tons) of soy protein products, including soybean meal used in animal feed and soy flour and textured soy proteins used to boost protein for manufacturing human and pet food products and more.
Barge Mounted E-Cranes – Midstream Transfer System at UABL
Two 700 Series E-Cranes were installed on a single floating barge at UABL, located near Pueblo Esther, AR, to work together unloading grain barges. One E-Crane is a 700 Series / Model 4264 with 26,4 m (86.5 ft) of outreach and a duty cycle capacity of 5.5 Mtons (6.0 UStons). The second E-Crane is a 700 Series / Model 4290 and has a slightly longer outreach of 29,0 m (95 ft) and the same duty cycle capacity. Both E-Cranes are equipped with a 4.5 m3 (5.9 yd3) hydraulic clamshell grab and work simultaneously to unload Mississippi and Paraná sized barges. The two cranes are mounted on a 54 x 16.5 m (180 x 54 ft ) barge. Two identical hoppers are also located on the barge, along with a grain elevator and shiploading arm system. The E-Cranes unload grain from the material barges located on one side of the crane barge and load the grain into the hoppers. The hoppers output the material onto the conveyor/shiploader system which transfers the material into Panamax sized vessels located on the other side of the crane barge.
UABL is the largest supplier of transport on the Parana-Paraguay river system servicing Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay carrying cargo over more than 4,000 km of river. The company has a combined total of more than 85 years of experience in the activity as well as in multi-modal transportation. This know how allows them to meet the particular challenges of each of their clients in all of the areas that they operate and serve. With 500 barges and more than 20 pushboats, they annually transport more than 3.5 million tons of cargo. Their product mix is varied from general cargoes; grain and grain by-products, minerals, liquid and petroleum products, to wood products and containerized cargoes.