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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Construction Machinery News

Jim White (Photo: Port of Baltimore)

Port of Baltimore's White to Resign

James J. White, Executive Director, Port of Baltimore, announced his resignation effective December 31, 2019.White led operations for 18 years as the Port of Baltimore improved its national rankings, upgraded security procedures and completed infrastructure projects that made it one of the few ports in America capable of receiving the largest ships in the world.Under Executive Director White, the Port of Baltimore leads the nation in handling autos and light trucks, roll on/roll off heavy farm and construction machinery, as well as imported sugar and gypsum.

Aerial view of the new subsidiary in Hamburg with administration building (foreground) and workshop (background). Photo: Liebherr

Liebherr Invests in Hamburg Port

The Swiss multinational equipment manufacturer Liebherr, has officially opened its new service center in Hamburg. The center, comprising an area of 44,000 square meters in the Kuhwerder.“We are investing in a location which offers long-term potential for growth in several directions. Due to the logistic requirements, the harbour in Hamburg is our central hub for rental and buy-back machines, as well as for all kinds of repairs for the European area,” said Jörg Schmidt, Managing…

(Credit: John Wilhelm) (The Port of Baltimore is one of only a few East Coast ports able to handle some of the world’s largest ships, welcoming the 14,424 TEU Evergreen Triton earlier this year.)

PORT PROFILE: Big Baltimore

The Port of Baltimore is poised to muscle its way into the nation’s elite top 10 ports. How that happened really isn’t hard to understand. That’s because what comes next will be the dividend of many years of focused planning.The Port of Baltimore consists of state owned marine terminals managed by the MPA and privately owned marine terminals. Approximately 90 percent of all general cargo tons move through the MPA’s public terminals, while the private terminals handled most of the Port’s bulk commodities.In 2018, the Port of Baltimore (POB) experienced a record year in foreign cargo tons.

Growth for the mobile harbour crane range: The new LPS 420 E is a purely electric gantry crane and operates completely emissions-free (Photo: Liebherr)

Liebherr Turnover Tops $11 Billion

The Liebherr Group notched up a company record turnover of $11.8 million in 2018, representing an increase of $828 million, or 7.5 %, compared with the previous year.Despite a slight decline in overall economic growth, revenues from construction machinery and mining equipment rose by 10.8 % to $7,761 million, with especially strong contributions from the Earthmoving, Mobile Cranes and Mining divisions. In the other product areas, which include Maritime Cranes, Aerospace and Transportation Systems…

Grand Orion in the port. Pic: MOL

First MOL Car Carrier Vessel Arrives in Cambodia

The 6,400 standard passenger car capacity, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL)-operated car carrier Grand Orion has made a first call for such a vessel type in Cambodia.The Japanese shipping company said in a release that the car carrier called at the Port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, and discharged about 12,000 tons of construction machinery. It was the first call at a Cambodian port by an MOL-operated car carrier, it added.In commemoration of the first call, Grand Orion Capt. Denis C. De…

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Asian Shares, Oil Fall as US-China Trade Spat Escalates

Asian shares fell to a 2-1/2 week low on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump cranked up trade tensions by going ahead with tariffs on Chinese imports, prompting Beijing to immediately respond in kind.Fears of a global trade war added to pressure on oil prices, which extended Friday's big fall, while the dollar retreated from near 3-week highs against the safe haven yen.Spreadbetters suggested a subdued start for European shares, with FTSE futures off about 0.1 percent. U.S.

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Port of Baltimore Continues to Set Cargo Records

The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s public marine terminals have for the first time surpassed one million tons of general cargo in one month, handling a total of 1,007,704 tons in May and leapfrogging past the previous record of 923,030 tons set in January. The port also set a record by handling 86,403 TEU (20-foot long) containers in May, besting the previous mark set nearly two years ago. “The Port of Baltimore continues to perform at a very high level and has had a tremendous year so far,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

The now fully completed acquisition of the industrial gears and wind turbine gearbox portions of Bosch Rexroth consolidates ZF's industrial gears business portfolio – these will also be used for heavy tunnel drilling machines. (Photo: ZF)

ZF Acquires Bosch Rexroth Industrial Gears Arm

Following the go-ahead from antitrust authorities, on December 1, 2015 ZF has officially taken over the industrial gears and wind turbine gearbox business from Bosch Rexroth AG. With this, some 1,200 employees altogether at the Witten, Beijing and Lake Zurich (USA) locations will thus join the technology company. The purchase price has not been disclosed. For ZF, the acquisition is an entry into the business with large industrial gears that are used in oil rigs, mine vehicles, tunnel drilling machines, or cableways, for instance.

Photo: Port of Baltimore

Port of Baltimore Sets Container Record in August

The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore handled a record 86,149 twenty-foot-equivalent units of total container volume in August as shipping volume continued to swell. August volume of total containers, including empties, rose 12.6 percent year-over-year and surpassed the previous single-month record of 79,644 TEUs in June. Import loads totaled 58,340 TEUs, up 13.2 percent year-over year and just short of the June record of 59,532 TEUs. “The Port of Baltimore continues to demonstrate why it’s so important to the overall economic success of our state,” said Governor Larry Hogan.

Chris Curfman, vice president of Caterpillar's Mining Sales & Support Division

Caterpillar's Curfman Retires

Following a distinguished career in which he built and strengthened Caterpillar’s Global Mining business, Caterpillar announced the retirement of Chris Curfman, vice president with responsibility for the Mining Sales & Support Division. Curfman’s retirement will be effective December 31, 2015. “Chris leaves a lasting, customer-focused legacy at Caterpillar that is unrivaled and likely to be unmatched,” said Ed Rapp, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Resource Industries.

Pic: Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore

Baltimore Port Shipments Hit New Record

Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore's public terminals shipped a record 9.74 million tons of general cargo in the 2015 fiscal year ending June 30, it said Monday. That was up about 1.5 percent from 9.6 million tons in 2014. General cargo includes automobiles, forest products, farm equipment and construction machinery. It also includes containers, a key point of emphasis lately for port officials trying to grow traffic. The new records include: most general cargo tons in a fiscal year at 9,742,050 tons.

The new Liebherr office in Lima

Liebherr Opens New Office in Peru

With more than 100 attendees Liebherr celebrated the inauguration of the new office in Lima City, Peru. The new office will play a significant role in the South American Market for mining and construction machinery. During the ceremony, guests had the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the new office and meet the Liebherr staff. The new facility represents another milestone for the mining and mobile cranes divisions, and it will strengthen the development of new business opportunities in Peru.

Knud E. Hansen A/S Wins Shippax Award

At this week’s 12th Annual Ferry Shipping Conference sailing on board Romantika between Stockholm & Riga, Danish Naval Architects, Knud  E. Hansen A/S, were awarded the 2013 ShipPax Award. The award was presented in recognition of the efficient and innovative design of internal cargo arrangement of the Saudi-owned deep-sea Ro-Ro vessel, Bahri Abha. “For a RoRo cargo vessel, the most important design criteria after fuel consumption, is efficient layout as it reduces the time in port,” says Knud E. Hansen A/S Senior Naval Architect Christian Damsgaard.

Marine boilers for main engine (UST)

HHI Orders MHI-MME Ultra Steam Turbine Plants for LNG Carriers

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Engine Co., Ltd. (MHI-MME), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has received orders from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) of Korea for four Ultra Steam Turbine (UST) plants to be installed in four LNG (liquefied natural gas) carriers HHI is to construct for Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), the state-owned oil and gas provider in Malaysia. The orders, which were received with an option on additional USTs for four more carriers, marks the first time the MHI group has sold USTs outside Japan.

Shanghai MHI Begin Diesel Engine Production

Shanghai MHI Engine Co., jointly established by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) & Shanghai Diesel Engine Co. (SDEC) now manufacturing. Shanghai MHI Engine was established this February based on a JV agreement signed in March last year between MHI and SDEC. The JV is capitalized at 200 million yuan (approx. 3 billion yen), with ownership divided equally between the two companies. It manufactures industrial-use diesel engines with power outputs in the 500 to 1,600 kW range under a manufacturing and marketing license from MHI.

Jensen designed ASD tugboat.

Jensen Maritime Designs Harley Tugs & Barge

Crowley Maritime subsidiary, Jensen Maritime complete design of 2 ASD tugboats & a deck cargo barge for Harley Marine. Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company Jensen Maritime recently completed the designs of two new ASD tugs, based on the popular Valor tugboat design, and a 250’ x 70’ x 15’ 8” deck barge for customer Harley Marine, a Seattle-based marine transportation provider. The tugs, named Robert Franco and Ahbra Franco, will provide tanker escort and ship assist services along the U.S. West Coast once delivered.

Harley Marine Awards US Fab Barge Contract

US Fab, a Vigor Industrial company, will soon begin construction on a 250’x70’x15’8” deck barge for Harley Marine Services at Vigor’s Swan Island shipyard in Portland, Oregon. This purpose built barge was designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants to transport a wide variety of cargo between Dutch Harbor and Akutan, Alaska with up to 3 runs per week. “Having the ability to collaborate with Jensen and Harley during the initial production design for this barge, will allow us to have maximum efficiency during construction,” said Bryan Nichols, Sales Manager at Vigor Industrial.