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 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.
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.
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.
Barranquilla Container Terminal S.A. (BCT), Colombia, acting as agent for Sociedad Portuaria del Norte S.A., purchased three Kocks ship-to-shore cranes from the Port of Miami. BCT retained Global Rigging and Transport, LLC (GRT) to relocate the cranes.
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.
Matson bought two used Paceco cranes from the Port of Oakland for their Sand Island facility. Rigging International transported them by barge to Sand Island. Liftech checked the cranes for the voyage forces, designed the reinforcing for the cranes and the tie-downs to the barge, and checked the barge structure for the voyage loads.
APL needed two quay cranes quickly for their operation in Colon, Panama. Liftech helped them convert one crane and transfer both. The Paceco crane on the left in the picture above began life in 1982 at the Port of Oakland on 100’ gage rails. Several years later, it was moved to Seattle. In 1994, Liftech designed a scheme to modify and move the crane to its current location in Panama.
The goal: reposition a Liebherr Tango lightweight dockside crane. The Liebherr Tango crane is light and flexible. Unlike typical dockside container cranes, the landside legs are pinned at the top. The crane loses stability when its landside legs are not supported by the gantry rail. Liftech successfully designed a scheme to move the light crane safely on dock.
A new client at the Port of Oakland required post-Panamax cranes. The Port had two Hitachi Panamax cranes available at the client’s berth and a Paceco Panamax low profile crane at another berth. The two Hitachi cranes were raised 20 feet.