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ABP opts for Kocks Ardelt Kranbau unloaders

In an unusual move for a British ports operator, ABP has opted for double level luffing cranes with kangaroo hoppers for Immingham Bulk Terminal

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ABP opts for Kocks Ardelt Kranbau unloaders

ABP has ordered three high-capacity Tukan K 3000-50 grab unloaders for Immingham Bulk Terminal (IBT), which handles raw material imports for British Steel. The operations were finally taken over by ABP from British Steel in November 2018.


The cranes, which will replace gantry grab unloaders sating from the 1970s (see above picture) are part of the previously announced £65M investment, committed by ABP to the terminal and site facilities. The investment, says ABP, will help to support the long-term future of steel manufacturing in the Humber region.


Although double lever cranes have long been a popular choice for bulk and general goods handling in Eastern Europe and Russia, they have not had a big market share in the UK. ABP has experience of gantry grab unloaders and rubber-tyred and rail-mounted single jib slewing cranes across its various operations. The Gottwald HSKs with travelling hoppers at HIT 1 and HIT 2 are an obvious local reference for IBT.

Tukan K 3000-50 unloaders working for Voest Alpine in Corpus Christi, Texas
Tukan K 3000-50 unloaders working for Voest Alpine in Corpus Christi, Texas

Martin Downey, Head of Immingham Bulk Terminal said: “Within six months of taking over the operations at IBT, we’ve made significant improvements to the site. We’re keen to improve our handling rate and these cranes will enable us to do just that.”


The new Ardelt cranes, Tukan K, model 3000-50, will provide a grabbing capacity of 50 tonnes at 50m radius. The cranes are expected to provide a step-change in capability, handling in excess of 6 Mt of iron ore and coals each year.


The Ardelt Tukan K was selected as it provides a cost-effective solution in addition to high performance, design classification and energy efficiency, along with the benefit of local support provided through the UK office of Kocks Ardelt Kranbau.


In addition, the Tukan K has its hopper built into its structure allowing a linear load path – the most efficient of any jib crane, ensuring a short cycle time and energy curve.


The bespoke cranes are anticipated to be complete and commissioned by the end of 2020.

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