Sadoport Breakbulk Operations

5 May, 2014

The main Spanish and Portuguese ports are increasing safety and productivity of breakbulk operations thanks to the evo range automatic crane hooks. Over 400 automatic hooks are operating in these two countries alone, loading and unloading ships with big bags, pallets, paper pulp, steel coils, …

The elebia automatic crane hook focuses on increasing productivity and safety, much appreciated in breakbulk operations where the reduced time in port is very important and the safety of workers is essential. Moreover, the simplicity of the elebia safety hook makes it easy to adapt it to many different kind of loads and to install the hooks on any kind of spreader beam.

Sadoport, the largest and most important terminal at the port of Setubal (Portugal), has experienced these improvements of safety and productivity with 80 elebia automated hooks working in three shifts. As needed, the hooks are mounted in different cranes and reach stackers.

The reach stackers equipped with the elebia automatic hooks pick the load from the train and place it on the dock. Later, the cranes take the load from the dock and drop it into the ship. All this, whilst increasing safety and productivity.

Working in three shifts, ruggedness and reliability of the equipment is essential. The hook is adapted to Sadoport’s requirements by its flexibility, simplicity and reliability.

Increase in Productivity

The following table compares the productivity of three working methods:

1. Traditional: Traditional hooks and traditional bigbags and slings.

2. elebia Hybrid: elebia automatic hooks and traditional big bags or slings.

3. elebia system: elebia automatic hooks and elebia big bags or textile lifting slings.

1- traditional2- elebia hybrid3- elebia system
hook on8 people8 people2 people
release 8 people 0 people 0 people
hook on2 min2 min20 seconds
release2 min7 seconds7 seconds
time per operation6 min4 min2 min
loss to split load15 min/h10 min/h10 min/h
big bags150 u/h300 u/h600 u/h


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