Uruguayan company Corporación Navios has replaced a Liebherr long duty cycle crane with a permanently installed harbour crane type FCC 300 for dry bulk handling of barges in hoppers at the terminal in Nueva Palmira.
The now total of three harbour cranes is expected to increase the terminal’s handling rates and generate operating synergies, as the crane operators will work with the same type of crane on all operations.
The terminal has a narrow pier, making the Fixed Cargo Cranes (FCC) series an appealing option according to Liebherr due to their safe-saving design and duty cycle of more than 100,000 operating hours.
Over the past six years, the operator has handled 600-700 tonnes of iron per hour, supported by a Liebherr HS 871 HD long duty cycle crane, which is now being replaced by an FCC 300, the third of its kind at the terminal.
Rosina Lurato, Project and Certification Manager of Corporación Navios, stated: “With the investment in another FCC 300, we are taking a decisive step towards higher turnover rates.
“We handle around 5m tonnes of dry cargo per year and need fast as well as reliable equipment. Based on our positive experience with the two permanently installed cargo cranes, it was quickly clear to us that another crane of the same type was the right choice.”
About half of the 5m tonnes are exported from Uruguay, the other half is imported dry cargo from other countries.
The cranes handle various grains such as soy, maize and wheat, as well as minerals such as iron and manganese.
The new FCC 300 is mainly used for soy handling and can handle up to 1,000 tonnes of soy per hour. The soy from Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil is loaded onto overseas ships at the terminal and transported to Europe, Africa and the Far East.
The higher handling capacity and the increased flexibility due to the interchangeability of the grabs also played a role in the purchase.
With the two FCCs already in place, the crane operators now always work with the same type of equipment, increasing safety during operations and facilitates routine operation.
Another advantage of the identical cranes is a more efficient maintenance and procurement of spare parts as all three units can be maintained in one service loop.
Liebherr engineers from Argentina can train and specialise the customer’s maintenance personnel on the FCC 300, enabling them to check certain aspects of the crane’s everyday operations independently.
In case of urgent service needs by the customer, specialists from the manufacturer can be on site in two hours.