Kuenz recently delivered a rail-mounted, barge-to-shore container crane to the Netherlands that features a lifting waterside cantilever
The crane was handed over to CTVrede Steinweg BV at the end of July and will go into operation this month at the Hoogtij terminal in Zaandam.
The new barge crane is equipped with a cantilever lifting system, allowing the biggest vessels to travel underneath without risk of collision when the cantilever is lifted into upper position. With a track gauge of 48m and two cantilevers of 18m each, the crane is a fairly large one.
Normally with barge-to-shore cranes, the waterside cantilever can be fixed as there is no height challenge. However CTVrede Steinweg’s new Hoogtij terminal is on a shipping channel.
CTVrede Steinweg BV already operates two Kuenz cranes that have exceeded expectations, providing confidence in a repeat order, says Kuenz.
Intermodal cranes for container handling have become the most important revenue driver for Kuenz in recent years. More than 70 Kuenz cranes are already in operation in the Netherlands alone!
In addition, with this new crane, instead of traditional box construction, the main girder has a round structure. This aerodynamic design results in a number of advantages for the operator, says Kuenz. A smaller wind contact area requires less drive power, leading to lower energy consumption and reduces dynamic forces on the crane wheels, crane runway and structure. The company has already introduced round girders on its latest ASCs and its new "Freerider" RTG.