Floating Crane

Associated Terminals orders its seventh Gottwald Floating Crane

05/10/2012 | Editor: Marcel Dröttboom

The Model 8 variant G HPK 8400 B Floating Cranes will be added to the existing fleet of Associated Terminals and will handle 1850 tonnes of bulk materials per hour.
The Model 8 variant G HPK 8400 B Floating Cranes will be added to the existing fleet of Associated Terminals and will handle 1850 tonnes of bulk materials per hour. (Picture: Demag Cranes)

Associated Terminals in Louisiana, USA is expanding its fleet of machines with its seventh Gottwald Floating Crane. A Generation 5 Model 8 crane variant will be starting commercial operation in May 2012 and, according to Demag Cranes, will be one of the highest performance Floating Cranes handling bulk materials on the Mississippi.

Düsseldorf, Germany – Currently, six Gottwald Floating Cranes supplied by Demag Cranes are in operation with Associated Terminals ensuring smooth, efficient cargo handling. Associated Terminals uses Floating Cranes in midstream operation between mile markers MM 56,8 and MM 141 on the lower Mississippi. The G HPK 8400 B Floating Crane, a variant of Model 8, will be used for the efficient transhipment of bulk materials including ores, coal, grain and fertilisers from larger sea-going vessels in size up to approx. 350 metres (1150 feet) to inland waterway vessels.

The crane can cope with heavy loads up to 100 tonnes and has an impressive 63-tonne grab curve for handling bulk materials. Depending on the operating conditions, this crane can handle as much as 1850 tonnes of bulk materials per hour. A crucial advantage of Gottwald cranes is that they do not have to be dismantled or tilted to pass under the bridges on the Mississippi. They can pass under bridges with their construction intact, which makes valuable savings in terms of time and expense.

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