ABP Swansea improves operational efficiency following the arrival of a new hydraulic crane
The second of five highly-efficient hydraulic cranes destined for Associated British Ports (ABP) facilities across the UK has arrived at ABP Swansea.
Supplied and installed by the country’s largest independent provider of port equipment, Cooper Specialised Handling, the Mantsinen 120M crane is part of a £6m deal between the two companies.
A smaller version of the acclaimed equipment was recently installed at the port operator’s facility in Teignmouth, Devon and it is now unloading 2,000T vessels two hours quicker, using less fuel, than the crane it replaced.
Tony Rooney, Managing Director at Cooper Specialised Handling, commented: “We are delighted that the Teignmouth crane is already proving its worth and the equipment that has now arrived in South Wales shares the same HybriLift energy storage and recovery system so we expect similar savings at the Port of Swansea.
“Members of ABP’s operations team inspected the crane during its manufacture in Finland where it has been designed to meet both current needs and future demands as the port grows.
“Since then it has been transported by sea and road to its new home where it is now operated using a range of attachments to handle a wide range of cargo.”
Covering an area of 521 acres, ABP’s Port of Swansea annually handles over 500,000 tonnes of agribulks, coal, aggregates and project cargo. The port has the capacity to handle vessels of up to 30,000dwt and the new equipment will be used to improve the efficiency of cargo handling.
Matthew Kennerley, ABP South Wales Director, said: “Our investment into this key piece of cargo handling equipment is part of our commitment to continuously improve the services we provide to port customers.
“We are pleased to have worked with Cooper Specialised Handling. Their purchasing process allowed our operational team, including those who will be using the crane, to be actively involved in establishing the specification of the new crane. Therefore, we are confident that it will help us improve operational efficiency and customer service at the port.”