ESBJERG, Denmark: For Blue Water, the introduction of the world’s largest reachstacker is the culmination of a long-held desire for flexible lifts at the very heavy end of the scale.
As an alternative to cranes, the new reachstacker will help with the heavy lifts of wind turbines, nacelles, frames and structures in close interaction with Blue Water’s other heavy-duty machines.
“Now we can handle the heaviest lifting and transport tasks by combining our equipment for the various tasks,” says Søren Messmann, general manager for the Port Services Division at Blue Water Shipping. “For example, we can lift items up to 250 tons with the world’s largest reachstacker at one end and one of our 100-ton reachstackers at the other end – or operate with extremely heavy items hanging on the hook.”
The world’s largest reachstacker is the result of development work between supplier N.C. Nielsen and Blue Water. Among the technical challenges they overcame include handling ever-larger and heavier wind turbines, the carrying capacity of the soil of the storage area, new types of lifting gear and the request for the hook being able to reach the ground.
Pictured: An innovative development work between N.C. Nielsen and Blue Water has generated the world’s largest reachstacker, which has just been put into operation at the port of Esbjerg. The machine has a lifting capacity of 152 tons on the hook.
As more and more wind farms are created in Britain from material sourced from Europe and handled by companies such as Blue Water, it remains concerned that the continued political turmoil in the UK means there are still many unresolved issues as to what Brexit will mean in practice.
“Until an agreement is made between EU and Great Britain – including Customs regulations – we cannot tell what consequences it will have for the transport industry – and our customers,” explains Carsten Nitz, director of Blue Water’s Road Division.
“We prepare ourselves, as well as we can, for the various situations and follow developments closely in order to be able to launch the appropriate initiatives as soon as possible.” Preparations include approvals regarding Customs clearance and Customs terminal for the company’s Manchester office.
“In Denmark, we are in regular contact with Danish Industry, the Danish Customs Agency, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and other authorities and trade organisations as well as the Danish ports involved to find the best solutions for our customers,” continues Nitz.
“Many customers have asked us what will actually happen, and we are working at full stretch to give the correct information. It is important for us to help our customers, and right now Brexit is causing challenges due to the uncertainty as to the extent to which it will affect the present flow of goods.”