Cranes: Procurement and New Development

Practical Observations for Rail Mounted Crane Interfaces

by Simo Hoite of Liftech Consultants Inc., Hannu Oja of Konecranes, Daan Potters of BTG, Bart Vermeer of Moffatt & Nichol, Jens Goebel of Igus, Luciano Corbetta of Cavotec, and Paul Bolger of Liebherr.

Published by Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA).

PEMA explains, “This Information Paper provides commentary and practical guidance about issues related to design and design coordination of civil infrastructure for rail mounted cranes. It does not provide guidance about quality assurance during construction. The Paper’s goal is to help reduce challenges and costs during installation and operation of rail mounted cranes.”

Concept High Productivity STS Cranes

by Erik Soderberg, Michael Jordan, and Simo Hoite.
Presented by Erik Soderberg at ASCE COPRI Ports 2016 Conference in New Orleans.

This presentation covers recent crane systems and concept crane systems that address the demand for increased crane productivity.

A Better Crane Tie-down Design

by Kenton Lee.
Published in World Port Development, Container Crane & Component Supplement.

This article discusses a new tie-down link concept for the next generation container cranes.

New Concepts for Future Wheel Equalization System

by Michael Jordan and Erik Soderberg.
Published in World Port Development, Container Crane & Component Supplement.

In this article, Mike Jordan and Erik Soderberg explain the thinking behind the future wheel equalization system.

Evolution of STS Cranes

by Michael Jordan.
Published in World Port Development, Container Crane & Component Supplement.

In this article, Mike Jordan speculates on some of the issues facing crane designers over the next decade and also puts forward a concept that may offer a viable solution.

Colossal Cranes

by Erik Soderberg.
Presented at the Structural Engineering Education Reunion (STEER) at the University of Texas in Austin.

This presentation discusses Liftech’s structural engineering design services for a variety of colossal cranes and includes some of the basic design issues associated with these cranes.

Tandem 40 Dockside Container Cranes and Their Impact on Terminals

by Derrick Lind, Jonathan Hsieh, and Michael Jordan.
Presented by Derrick Lind at the Ports 2007 Conference.

Conventional single hoist container cranes have been in use since the mid-sixties. Many innovations have been developed to improve the productivity, including increases in trolley/hoist speeds, cranes with two trolleys, and elevating girder cranes. The latest development is a tandem 40 crane that can handle two 40 foot containers for each lift.

This presentation discusses single hoist tandem 40 (SHT40) and dual hoist tandem 40 (DHT40) cranes. These cranes pick up two or more containers with a single trolley running on a conventional runway. We compare these cranes to conventional container cranes and discuss tandem crane components, the importance of improved yard operations to accommodate the tandem 40s, impact on wharf structure design, and possible productivity improvements.