Leading port operator equips terminal in Immingham, UK, with two G HSK 8424 B cranes




Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received an order from Associated British Ports (ABP) for two electric Terex® Gottwald Model 8 portal harbour cranes in the G HSK 8424 B four-rope grab variant. The leading British port operator has ordered the two machines for its terminal in Immingham, located on the North Sea estuary of the Humber. The cranes have been adapted to the individual conditions of the terminal and are particularly efficient as they are driven with power from the terminal’s own electricity supply. From the middle of next year, they will significantly increase handling capacities for professional loading and unloading of bulk products.

Present in the high-performance terminal since 2002

The machines based on Terex Gottwald mobile harbour crane technology will be part of a particularly high-performance terminal, where many Terex Gottwald mobile harbour cranes and portal harbour cranes have been operated since 2002. There they will replace two older Terex Gottwald HSK 360 EG portal harbour cranes from Generation 4 of TPS. The new machines have a 50-t grab curve and a maximum lifting capacity of 100 t. They offer an outreach of up to 50 m and maximum lifting speeds of 140 m/min. TPS has adapted the crane portal to the existing infra­structure of the terminal by providing 14 m track gauge and 6 m headroom. This also includes the rail-bound travel units that comprise a total of 24 wheels – six in each corner – in order to comply with maximum permissible rail loading.

Part of a complex bulk material solution for terminals

In Immingham, the G HSK 8424 B portal harbour cranes, like their predecessors, will act as part of a complex, specific bulk material solution, including hoppers controlled from the crane and a conveyor belt. Sean Blissett, Engineering Manager Humber, ABP: “The terminal at Immingham handles a significant amount of bulk products. The solution from TPS has proven its reliability in this demanding environment over the years.”

Continuous growth with technology from TPS

Neil Griffiths, the new Sales & Service Director UK and Ireland, TPS, is delighted that ABP is now taking the next step in its long-term business relationship with TPS: “The terminal in Immingham shows how customers can continuously expand their business with our technology. ABP has opted for Terex Gottwald mobile harbour crane technology for 14 years. The cranes now ordered again stand for another visible leap in growth and performance. Griffiths: “The two G HSK 8424 B machines will be the largest cranes based on mobile harbour crane technology in the whole of Great Britain.”

Leading role in terminals for handling bulk products

The order from ABP also highlights the leading role of TPS in solutions for professional bulk handling. Griffiths: “Machine solutions based on our portal harbour cranes are in great demand in this area all over the world, and are used among others in North America, India or Turkey. We have in addition recently chalked up several successes in Brazil.”

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