Lafarge opts for E-Crane International to build first barge mounted E-Crane in the US
“We could not do what we want to do efficiently without this crane.”
This E-Crane, installed in the 4th Quarter of 1998, was the first barge mounted E-Crane to be sold in the United States. At the time it was also the largest E-Crane working on the inland waterways and the first barge mounted crane in the world fully dedicated to bulk material handling.
As Craig Szabo, New Works Developement Manager for Lafarge explained, “This crane was the first investment in our multimillion dollar plan to upgrade the Joppa Plant. The E-Crane is the main stepping stone to our vision of the next 20 years. We could not do what we want to do efficiently without this crane.”
Its task of off-loading limestone was previously handled with five self-unloading barges. Productivity is already outpacing the existing belt feed system. By the time phase 2 of the plan is completed none of those barges will be required and they will eliminate the need for a third shift.