Finland-based hydraulic crane maker Mantsinen will shortly deliver the first mobile version (’M’ suffix) of its and the world’s biggest hydraulic port crane, which will be assembled and shipped from a new Mantsinen assembly plant at a site leased from Euroports Rauma in the Port of Rauma
The crane for Belgium will be the first delivery of a 300 M. All 300 Hybrilifts supplied to date have been crawler-mounted (300 R), so not mobile in the sense that this term is understood in the ports industry. Known customers for this crawler crane are in Belgium (two) and Finland (two). Worldcargonews online is not aware of any rail-mounted (’S’ suffix) deliveries so far, although they will surely follow.
With its full-load, panamax ship coverage and the advantages of "spotting" without rope pendulum-induced sway, the 300 M poses a significant challenge for conventional rope hoist mobile harbour cranes.
The Mantsinen 300 is the world’s biggest hydraulic ropeless crane, and is specifically designed for port operations. It is designed to meet the requirements of moving bulk cargo on Panamax class ships, but it can also handle heavy general cargo and containers. For example, the crane can move a full 40ft container around 48m without having to long travel.
In addition Mantsinen has won a public tender from the Port of Belfast and will be supplying the port with a 300 M Hybrilift during spring next year. The Port of Belfast already has a Mantsinen 160 M and it has proved highly productive, due to its "positive digging" (quick "spotting") capabilities.
It is understood that orders for more 300 M cranes have been received, but are currently subject to commercial secrecy.
The 300 M for Belgium will be delivered fully-assembled and ready for use from Rauma, where Mantsinen has opened up a second production facility, leasing premises from Euroports Rauma, to support growing demand for its cranes.
"Our hydraulic harbour cranes are proving very popular and, as we open new market areas, we need to add production and assembly capabilities," said Mantsinen’s Managing Director Mia Mantsinen. "Assembling machines in our own premises with waterside load-out capabilities is a natural development, as most of our cranes are delivered fully-erect.
"Our head office and product development will continue to be located in Liper in northern Karelia," added Mia Mantsinen. "We will be stepping up production capabilities here in 2019-20 and recruiting new staff."
It is understood that the first 12 machines to be assembled in Rauma are all destined for Montes del Plata, a leading forestry pulp shipper in Uruguay. Together they will handle up to 1.4 Mtpa of woodpulp.
This December, Mantsinen will ship two 160ES cranes, two 160ER cranes and two 70ER cranes. The 160s will operate in the Port of Punta Pereira and at Terminal Logistica e Industrial M’Bopicua. The 70ERs are going to the Montes del Plata pulp mill, feeding the mill in a 24/7 operation.
Six 70Ms will be shipped during spring 2019 and will operate in the wood yard in the Montes del Plata mill area.
Mantsinen has already supplied to the mill with two simulators and training services for the machine operators.