Associated British Ports (ABP) has commissioned crane manufacturer Kocks Ardelt Kranbau to supply three new high-capacity grab cranes for the Immingham Bulk Terminal (IBT).
IBT handles raw materials imports for British Steel. The operations were taken over by ABP from British Steel in November 2018. The crane purchase is part of a £65M investment terminal and site facilities previously announced by ABP.
The port operator said the investment will help to support the long-term future of steel manufacturing in the Humber region.
“Within six months of taking over the operations at IBT, we’ve made significant improvements to the site,” said Martin Downey, head of Immingham Bulk Terminal. “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 grab load capacity of 50t at a 50m radius. The cranes have been ordered to replace the existing ship-unloaders at the terminal, and are expected to provide a step-change in capability, according to ABP. The Tukan Ks will handle in excess of 6 Mtpa of iron ore and coal.
“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,” added ABP.
“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 the shortest possible cycle time and energy curve.
The bespoke cranes are anticipated to be complete and online by the end of 2020.”