Düsseldorf,   12. June 2012

  • G HPK 8400 B Floating Crane for the Burnside Terminal of Impala Warehouses LLC
  • Up to 1,850 tonnes of bulk materials can be handled per hour
Demag Cranes is continuing to expand its presence on the Mississippi River. The company has received an order for the supply of a Floating Crane to Impala Warehouses LLC (Impala). From September 2012, this Gottwald G HPK 8400 B, a variant of Model 8, will be used at the Burnside Terminal operated by Impala in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, in the United States, where it will predominantly handle bauxite and coal.

The crane will undertake midstream cargo handling and contribute to establishing Burnside's place among the top ten coal and bulk logistics facilities in the U.S., according to Martijn Snijder, CEO of Impala. “We acquired Burnside in June of last year with the aim of creating a state-of-the-art terminal. The acquisition of high-performance handling equipment such as the new Gottwald Floating Crane is instrumental in achieving that goal. Depending on the operating conditions, we assume that we will be able to handle up to 1,850 tonnes an hour with this crane,” Snijder said.

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Sixteenth Gottwald Floating Crane on the Mississippi
In the opinion of Andreas Moeller, Senior Sales Manager, the order now placed highlights the leading role of Gottwald products on the fourth longest river in the world: “From September 2012 we will be represented by 16 Floating Cranes on the Mississippi.” In 2005, the first Gottwald Floating Crane based on Mobile Harbour Crane technology was commissioned on the Mississippi River. Since then the cranes have proven their value, which is why the fleet is steadily increasing, according to Andreas Moeller, who is also pleased about a further new customer: “With Impala, the number of Gottwald customers on the Mississippi River has increased to four.” They are looked after by the Gottwald Service branch in Baton Rouge, which is available to operators around the clock. When the new crane takes up commercial work, there will be no less than 25 Gottwald Floating Cranes of the Harbour Ponton Crane type (G HPK) in use worldwide. In addition to these, one operator is using two Portal Harbour Cranes on Barge (G HSK on Barge).

High-performance and flexibility
Depending on operating conditions, the G HPK 8400 B Floating Crane has an efficient 63-tonne grab curve and handles up to 1,850 tonnes of bulk material an hour. In addition to their efficiency, Gottwald Floating Cranes stand out by virtue of their flexibility and mobility, which are particularly important for cargo handling midstream. A particular advantage is that, thanks to their compact design, Gottwald cranes can pass all bridges without a problem and thus save valuable time and money.

Even more cost-effective and environmentally friendly operation by external power

The new Floating Crane for Impala is not only equipped for operation by diesel-powered generator but also by external power. If the crane works on the quay, which is also planned in addition to midstream operation, it can be supplied via a 690-V interface with energy from the local power supply. Bypassing the diesel-powered generator increases the efficiency rating of the drive system and reduces maintenance costs. In both cases, operating costs are minimised. Locally generated exhaust gases are also avoided.

About Impala
Impala is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trafigura, one of the world’s leading international commodity traders. Impala was formed in 2010 following the consolidation of Trafigura's bulk commodity, warehousing and logistics activities. The company has world-class expertise extending across the non-ferrous concentrates, refined metals, iron ore and coal sectors. Operations include the blending of metal concentrates in Chile, China, Mexico and Peru, iron ore operations in China and India, and coal operations in the U.S., China and Colombia.

Now receiving regular shipments of bauxite, the Burnside terminal will reopen as one of the top ten coal and bulk logistics facilities in the U.S. and it will be the only one on the Mississippi River able to offer both rail-to-vessel and barge-to-vessel capability.

About Demag Cranes

The Demag Cranes Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of industrial cranes and crane components, harbour cranes and terminal automation technology. Services, in particular maintenance and refurbishment, are another key element of the Group’s business activities. The Group is divided into the business segments Industrial Cranes, Port Technology and Services and has strong and well-established Demag and Gottwald brands. Demag Cranes sees its core competence in the development and construction of technically sophisticated cranes and hoists as well as automated transport and logistics systems in ports and terminals, the provision of services for these products and the manufacture of high-quality components.

As a global supplier, Demag Cranes manufactures in 16 countries on five continents and operates a worldwide sales and service network that is present in over 60 countries through its subsidiaries such as Demag Cranes & Components GmbH and Gottwald Port Technology GmbH, agencies and a joint venture. In financial year 2010/2011, the Group, with its 6,115 employees, generated revenue of EUR 1,062.3 million. Since August 2011, the Terex Group in the United States (www.terex.com) has held a majority share in the company.

Demag Cranes AG. We Can Handle It.


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