The ship will be retrofitted with the two Liebherr bulk handling cranes at Kuzey Star Shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul. After completion of the conversion in early-2019, the ship will be used as a transhipment solution for grain handling in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
The new CBG 360 cranes are designed for high-speed bulk handling, and will be installed on 10m eccentric platforms, in order to increase the maximum outreach up to 36m. The maximum lifting capacity is 36t.
Liebherr said that larger and additionally strengthened pulleys ensure increased service life of the ropes and reduction in abrasion. Specially developed high-performance winches are designed for continuous operation at reliable performance with full load.
A customised extended cabin offers excellent visibility for the crane driver, helping to safety during operation.
Liebherr’s own integrated control system, Litronic, automatically monitors the crane’s heel and trim, and responds with the appropriate emergency programme in critical situations. “Therefore,” said Liebherr, “the crane is not only suitable for operation in sheltered waters, but also in open seas. The complete development of the CBG 360 was carried out in consideration of the European Parliament’s directive 2006/42/EC and is therefore CE certified. That means the CBG 360 can operate in every European country.
“Improved access to all crane components is ensured thanks to new additional maintenance platforms on the slewing column and boom providing optimum maintenance conditions. As in all cranes of the CBG series, the most important hydraulic and mechanical parts are positioned in a dustproof machine house making the CBG 360 particularly resistant against diverse weather conditions.”
In the last 15 months, Aston has ordered a total of 10 Liebherr crane products from the current crane portfolio for its floating business. Since December 2016, the Russian company has ordered three ship sets comprising two Liebherr CBG 300 units each, as well as another ship set comprising two Liebherr CBG 350 units. All 10 floating cranes are equipped with additional 10m eccentric platforms to optimise the outreach of the complete installation.