Floating Cranes for Transshipping

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Posted in: , on 27. Jul. 2002 - 11:11

Goan Iron Ore exporters are using transshippers for loading iron ore into

gearless PANAMAX and Cape Size vessels from 1969. The transshippers are

handy-size ships equipped with grab cranes for transferring ore from river

barges onto hoppers feeding conveyor belt system mounted on the transshipper vessel for loading the Panamax / Cape size ship. Transshippers have typically 2 cranes and achieve a loading rate of 25,000 TPD. There are 5 transshippers in operation. About 20 million tonnes of iron ore was exported from Goa in season of 2001-2002 (October 2001 to May 2002).

The transshippers are aging and will need replacement by 2004/05. Our clients are interested in looking at Floating Cranes to replace transshippers. Such cranes are in operation in Indonesia for loading coal from Kalimantan Island.

Is there any literature / articles published giving performance of such cranes.


Vinayak V. Sathe,

Seagull Consultants Private Ltd.,

15 Rangavi Estate,

Dabolim Airport - 403801, Goa,


Tel: +91 832 555294

email: scpl@goatelecom.com

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