During the first week of December, E-Crane agents and special guests attended the E-Crane Technology Showcase in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The event took place in conjunction with the International WorkBoat Show (IWBS) which was held during the same week (December 3 – December 5) at the New Orleans Convention Center. The three day event consisted of a dinner reception and presentations on the evening on Wednesday, December 3, as well as two site visits on the following days to see actual E-Cranes in operation.
E-Crane guests and attendees were also given special access to the WorkBoat Show, and were able to attend the exhibit hall throughout the week. The show was well attended. Over the course of three days, over 1000 vendors exhibited, including E-Crane, and more than 7000 attended. The WorkBoat Show is the largest marine trade show in North America, serving the people and businesses working on both the inland and coastal waterways.
Dinner and reception
The dinner and reception on Wednesday took place at the historic Hotel Monteleone, located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The evening reception was attended by about 50 people, including E-Crane agents, clients, and special guests. During the reception, guests were able to view presentations about barge mounted E-Cranes and learn more about floating solutions. Once guests were seated for a plated dinner, Mark Osborne, President of E-Crane International USA, gave a presentation featuring several floating E-Cranes currently in operation. A presentation was also given by Steve Osborne about an upcoming project, and about the latest technological advancements with floating E-Crane applications.
Visit to Lowman Power Plant
On Thursday December 4, guests were taken to visit a floating 2000 Series E-Crane operating at the Charles R. Lowman Power Plant on the Tombigbee River in Leroy, Alabama. Attendees were transported from the hotel by charter bus over to the plant where the terminal was in full operation. Guests were able to walk down to the crane barge to see the E-Crane up close. The E-Crane floating terminal consists of two barges, one for the E-Crane, and one conveyor barge, a hopper that sits on the crane barge alongside the E-Crane, as well as a barge haul and breasting system. The entire floating terminal was designed, engineered, and provided by E-Crane as a turn-key solution. Guests were able to witness first-hand the high productivity of this setup. The E-crane unloads coal at a rate of over 1500 tons per hour with cycle times in the 25 to 30 second range!
Visit to Kinder Morgan
On Friday, December 5, guests were taken to see two MH1200 Series E-Cranes operated by Kinder Morgan at the International Marine
Terminals (IMT) in Port Sulphur, Louisiana. Attendees arrived at a dock nearby to IMT where they were taken by boat to see the terminal. It was a beautiful, clear day on the Mississippi River, and guests were able to admire both E-Cranes from the water. One of the cranes at IMT is mounted on a barge which was custom modified to support the E-Crane. The other E-Crane on site is dock mounted. Both E-Cranes are used for a barge cleaning application.
The 2014 E-Crane Technology Showcase was a great opportunity for attendees to network with E-Crane employees and representatives along with current E-Crane owners and operators. Guests were able to learn more about the E-Crane company and products, specifically E-Crane floating solutions. It was also a great chance for attendees to see an E-Crane operating in person and learn more about the latest technological advancements that E-Crane has made. E-Crane would like to say thank you all of our guests who attended the events.