Bromma wins all electric spreader upgrade at Felixstowe

Good maintenance: Bromma advises that a spreader is changed twice in a crane's lifetime so productivity is not compromised Good maintenance: Bromma advises that a spreader is changed twice in a crane's lifetime so productivity is not compromised
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Bromma has received an order for 13 YSX40E all electric spreaders from the Port of Felixstowe which will replace ageing equipment and help clean up operations.

The order which will be commissioned in 2018 includes options for another 12 + 12 spreaders for delivery in 2019 and 2020.

“We are extremely happy to receive this order from Port of Felixstowe. It emphasises our strong position as a reliable supplier and business partner,” said Vikram Raman, VP Bromma EMEA.

Felixstowe’s rigorous spreader specification which includes low height and weight and side shift means the operating parameters of the RTG’s will be enhanced and maintained.

The spreaders will be fitted with serial communication to the crane, load sensing technology, twin-twenty detection and height indication sensors. The spreaders are specified to be able to work on cranes adapted for automation in the future.

Spreader replacement

Bromma said that the ship-to-shore crane spreader is considered to be the most abused piece of equipment in a container terminal.

Therefore, a good spreader maintenance programme is essential in order to get maximum productivity out of the crane.

The cost for maintenance and repair will increase the older the spreader gets with the typical life length of a ship-to-shore spreader in a high throughput terminal expected to be 10 to 15 years.

The corresponding life length of a quay crane is probably in the range of 20 to 25 years. So, there is a financially sound argument to replace the spreader in a crane after half the crane’s expected life span.

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