To upgrade lifting capacity at its multi-purpose terminal at Westdorpe, near Terneuzen, in the Netherlands, Mammoet installed one of its heavy-lift MTC 15 cranes.
With a capacity of 600 tonnes at 25 metres, Mammoet claims that no other heavy lifting device on the market combines the MTC 15’s features, lifting power and efficiency. With a load moment rating equal to a large 1,200 tonne capacity crawler crane or a large floating sheerleg, the crane enables loads up to 600 tonnes to be lifted to and from the quay from non-geared cargo vessels in water up to 12.5 metres deep.
A Mammoet statement said, “This lifting capacity is ideal for loading and offloading heavy items such as columns, vessels, reels, project cargo and engines, without having to reinforce the quay.
“With 100,000 square metres of storage plus hoisting and handling facilities at the Terminal Terneuzen, along with an inland truck and rail connection, the MTC 15 is set to enhance the terminal’s service-offering even further and provide a significant strategic advantage to many clients in the area.”
The Mammoet terminal manager, Marlon Roels, added: “Thanks to the MTC 15’s extremely high capacity and outreach, the Mammoet multi-purpose terminal will be ideal for oil and gas, civil construction and energy industry wishing to transfer heavy components.”
The MTC 15 is a containerised crane developed by Mammoet to bring heavy lift capability to any port capable of receiving containers in a matter of days. Mobilising an MTC 15 is said to reduce the dependence of ports on self-geared cargo vessels and floating cranes. It is also designed to reduce costs, reduce project length and minimise environmental harm by using local resources, including water or sand for its ballast, instead of requiring operators to transport hundreds of tonnes of ballast from elsewhere.