Category: Crane Modification Projects

TRP ZPMC Crane Boom Extension

Terminales Rio de la Plata S.A. purchased two ZPMC cranes in 2005 and 2007 for their Buenos Aires terminal. The cranes, with 65 LT capacity, 18.5 m rail span, and 36-m lift height, had a 45-m outreach. Liftech provided engineering services to TRP to extend the outreach by 6 m to 51 m. Liftech initially provided a study, which verified that the calculated wheel loads for the crane with boom extension were within the allowable values, and the modified cranes met the specified stability requirements.

APMT POLA Machinery Trolley Modification

APMT operates ten Noell machinery-on-trolley cranes at their Pier 400 terminal in Los Angeles. The original trolley structure was torsionally rigid. Some of the diagonal members cracked due to warping caused when one wheel is out-of-plane to the other three. Liftech provided design modifications to reduce the stresses in the members due to warping.

APL POLA Noell Crane Modification

APL Limited purchased 12 Noell machinery-on-trolley cranes in the mid-1990s for their Port of Los Angeles Pier 300 terminal. The cranes were rated for 50 LT and have a 50’ backreach. The backreach for all cranes was extended 28’ for storing hatch covers. The original girder was sufficiently long to accommodate the additional 28’ backreach.

Massport Kocks Crane Modification and Relocation

Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) purchased two Kocks low profile cranes from the Port of Oakland for capacity expansion of their Conley Terminal. The Oakland post-Panamax Kocks cranes were a near-perfect match for the Conley Terminal. Low profile cranes, also known as shuttle boom cranes, are used where overall height is restricted because of aircraft clearance requirements.

APL MES Crane Modification and Relocation

APL modified and relocated a late 1980’s MES post-Panamax crane with articulating boom from their Kaohsiung, Taiwan, terminal to their Dutch Harbor, Alaska, terminal. Liftech provided the structural design for modification and relocation of the crane and reviewed the contractor’s work.

DP World Vancouver Crane Modification

To accommodate larger vessels, DP World Vancouver raised two MGM dockside container cranes 20’ (6.1 m) and extended the booms 14’ (4.3 m). Liftech provided the crane modification design including new leg inserts, boom girder inserts and bracing, forestay inserts, boom hoist modifications, knee bracing, and stairs and walkways.

SSA Mexico Paceco Crane Gage Change and Relocation

SSA Mexico relocated a 50’ gage Paceco crane from the Port of Long Beach, California, to Manzanillo, Mexico. The crane was built around 1980 and was raised in the late 1980s. Liftech provided engineering to change the gage from 50’ to 55’ and for the associated rigging work. The frame was strengthened for higher wind loads, and new stowage brackets and tie-downs were added.

Hitachi Crane Modification and Relocation

Horizon Lines and Matson Navigation purchased three Hitachi cranes located in Los Angeles, California, for relocation to Guam. The cranes were upgraded and strengthened for typhoon winds. Upgrades included a lift height increase of 8 feet, new drives and controls, diesel power, and new tie-downs.

Darwin Crane Modification and Relocation

In response to Darwin Port Corporation’s decision to relocate a 1980’s IHI crane to a wharf with a different rail gage, Liftech designed a scheme to change the crane’s gauge from 19.8 m to 25.3 m. The scheme involved extending the existing portal beams by five meters on the land side, relocating the landside legs, and removing the elevator track below the portal beam.

Long Beach Container Terminal Crane Modification

Long Beach Container Terminal wanted to raise five IHI dockside cranes and extend the outreach to accommodate larger vessels. Liftech provided the design of the modifications to Bickerton Iron Works to raise the 1980’s container cranes by 10 feet and extend the boom 10 feet. Two years later, Liftech provided the design to raise the cranes an additional 20 feet for a total of 30 feet lift height increase.