Ghent, Belgium: Three years after the installation of the first large E-Crane to offload Panamax-sized vessels at the Van Heyghen Recycling export terminal in the harbour of Ghent, Belgium, a second identical unit was erected. The E-Crane erection crew finished the first phase in October.
Commissioning of this new 2000 Series E-Crane is planned for mid-November, followed by an official inauguration on 16 November. In the past, scrap loading, unloading and stockpiling operations on the dock were carried out by contracted large rubber-tyred mobile harbour cranes. The first E-Crane has proven itself for several years and has passed numerous tests verifying reliability and hourly production rates with flying colours. It was time for Van Heyghen to move forward again. The first E-Crane has realized ship loading rates that were 100% higher (!) when compared with the mobile harbor cranes. The filling factor of the 12m³/15 yd³ grab with fast opening and closing times also provides a substantial contribution in achieving these unsurpassed loading and unloading rates. When loading Handymax vessels, loading rates of 3,500 to 4,000 tonnes per shift are no exception for the E-Crane.
The E-Crane at Van Heyghen has shown us clearly that the loading of scrap into large ocean going vessels on our export terminal at Ghent could be done with more efficiency, with increased safety and in a more economical manner when compared with the
With this multimillion dollar investment in a second dock side E-Crane, Van Heyghen Recycling offers its worldwide clientele better service and optimizes the use of their quay by substantially reducing vessel loading times. Galloo Group is now one of the most highly performing, state-of-the-art
scrap terminals in Western Europe.
At the time of writing, commissioning of this second unit was planned for mid-November. The inauguration is set to take place at the Van Heyghen Recycling terminal in Ghent at 11:30am Friday, 16 November, 2012. The inaugural celebration is scheduled to begin on Thursday, 15 November, with an evening of festive performance and dinner and ends Saturday 17 November.
Source: Dry Cargo International, November 2012