Cooper contract with Belfast Habour


The heavy lifting equipment supplier Cooper Specialised Handling has secured the contract for what is known to be the largest crane of its type in the whole United Kingdom and Ireland.

The Mantsinen 160M hydraulic crane is scheduled to be delivered to Belfast Harbour in the summer of this year. 

Belfast Harbour is the major gateway to Ireland. Every year it handles liquid, dry and break bulk, as well as containers with tonnages approaching the 25 million, that is equal to around 70% of Northern Ireland's maritime trade and 20% of that for the entire island of Ireland. 

Mantsinen's 160M machine is a wheeled hydraulic crane specified to service vessels visiting Belfast. These range from 4,000-15,000 dwt. and handle a variety of products, but mainly coal, scrap, grain and refuse-derived fuel. The crane will be supplied with the Mantsinen MC620 quick-change coupling device so that attachments can be fitted in a matter of minutes. 
The crane is equipped with a 17.5 m curved boom and 15 m stick, offering 31 m horizontal outreach and a capacity of 10 T at 27 m extension. It also benefits from the Mantsinen patented cab riser, which can extend 9 m horizontally from the slew-ring centre to provide optimum visibility into the vessel hold. 
the machine has been specified with a five-axle (20-wheel) undercarriage - more typically seen on the larger Mantsinen 200 crane - to meet Belfast Harbour's requirement to reduce the individual wheel loadings. 
With an overall weight of 234 T, the machine is believed to be the largest hydraulic crane or materials handler supplied anywhere in the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

The first reaction on the deal, a spokesperson from Belfast Harbour's Operations Engineering Department says: "The overall engineering content of the Mantsinen crane and the solutions Cooper provided to meet our specific needs were the most important factors in the decision-making process. We look forward to the crane complementing our quayside capabilities." 

Cooper Specialised Handling director David Cooper is delighted to have secured this important new business "which sees a high-profile end-user opting for the capability to load more while using less energy". 

"The synergies between Cooper and Mantsinen, and our commitment to working in partnership to deliver cost-effective solutions to challenging handling issues, really came to the front with this project."