Cavotec cable reels to power Colombo container cranes

We are delighted to be playing an important role in the development of new container berths at the Port of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Earlier this week we announced news of an order for power and spreader cable reels for 12 ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes for the China Merchant container terminal at the port, one of the country’s fastest growing.

The cranes form an important element of the Colombo South Harbour Development Project, a $500-million initiative that is set to considerably enhance the port’s capacity. The first 600m quay of the container terminal is scheduled to become operational in 2014, while the remaining two stages of the programme are to be completed in 2016.

Cavotec’s Ports & Maritime unit manufactures a diverse range of advanced technologies that help ports around the world to operate safely, efficiently and sustainably. These products include automated mooring systems, shore power technologies, Panzerbelt cable protection systems, crane controllers, marine propulsion slip rings, power chains and connectors, radio remote controls, motorised cable reels and steel chains.

PEMA, TT Club, ICHCA publish safety recommendations

Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) post Feb 2011

The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA), the TT Club and ICHCA International are to announce recommendations for minimum requirements for the operation of quay container cranes during a seminar at TOC Europe 2011 on Thursday, June 9.

The recommendations are not legally binding, and are independent of local, national and international regulatory regimes on the safe design, manufacture, specification and operation of cranes, which must also be satisfied.

The hope of all three organisations, however, is that buyers and suppliers will embrace the safety features outlined in the document as a voluntary industry standard. The report includes issues such as wind damage, hoist, spreaders and ropes, as well as structural and operational issues.

With more than 2,000 insured operations, including more than 400 ports and terminals globally, the claims data gathered by the TT Club as a basis for the recommendations provides a genuine perspective of accident types and causes.

The TT Club’s research showed that, although human factors were the major cause of accidents, existing systems and technologies could be included in the design of equipment to help operators avoid accidents.

Click here for the full media release on this announcement on PEMA.

Separately, PEMA recently welcomed two new members, increasing its membership to 47 companies, with the addition of crane inspection and refurbishment specialist, World Crane Services, and converter, drive and control systems manufacturer, Seoho Electric.