The cranes and spreaders at the facility were capable only of single-lift operations, so RAM’s task was not only to supply new spreaders but also to upgrade the controls and communications systems between crane and spreader to allow twin-lift operations to be performed. It supplied the new spreaders ahead of schedule, equipping each with ASi technology featuring its inbuilt fault diagnostics display panel.
RAM is also currently manufacturing four Model 2940 CenterSpread separating twin-lift spreaders for the GPA’s Garden City Terminal in Savannah, Georgia. This will be the first time that RAM has supplied spreaders to the GPA, which selected it on the basis of the performance and productivity of RAM spreaders in use at neighbouring ports. RAM and GPA engineers have worked closely together on the design and engineering phase of the contract, and delivery is scheduled for later this year.
RAM has recently completed the complete refurbishment of four of the RAM 2600 series twin-lift spreaders it originally supplied to Freeport in 1997. The spreaders had provided Freeport with round-the-clock service over the past 10 years. Refurbishment was undertaken at RAM’s US Service Centre in Charleston, under the direct supervision of RAM engineers from the UK office, and included numerous new features not inherent in the original design.