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NC Nielsen delivers 152 tonnes reach stacker

The Danish company has delivered a giant reach stacker, with a maximum lift of 152 tonnes under hook, to Blue Water Shipping in the Port of Esbjerg


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NC Nielsen delivers 152 tonnes reach stacker

The machine has been developed as part of close cooperation over a number of years between N C Nielsen and Blue Water Shipping. The reach stacker has now been commissioned at the harbour area in Esbjerg, where it is used to move wind turbine towers, nacelles and other heavy haulage, as an alternative to using mobiles cranes and trailers.


As previously discussed in WorldCargo News, the machine is based on Konecranes biggest reach stacker, the SMV 4545, but it has an even longer wheelbase - 11.22m

152 tonner and, at far end, 100 tonner handling massive offshore wind turbine tower section
152 tonner and, at far end, 100 tonner handling massive offshore wind turbine tower section

"For instance, we can lift objects of up to 250 tonnes with the 152 tonner on one end and one of our 100-tonne reach stackers on the other, or operate with extremely heavy objects hanging on the hook. This sets us up to handle the transport projects of the future."


Strict requirements regarding the new machine’s performance had to be satisfied, and the technical specifications were defined in cooperation with Blue Water Shipping’s customers in the wind turbine industry. The ever larger and heavier wind turbine parts, the bearing capacity of the soil at the storage site, new types of lifting equipment and the desire for the hook to reach all the way to the ground were among the technical challenges.


Per T Nielsen, Technical Director of N C Nielsen, said: "Nearly everything has been scaled up compared to before. Together with our engineers and builders, we have worked intensely to find the formula for the new reach stacker. We succeeded in an innovative cooperation with Blue Water Shipping, where we had to meet the technical specifications and the well-defined wishes regarding the machine’s performance. It’s about making complicated things simple."

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