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B.C. port receives giant gantry cranes


February 27, 2017
By Matt Jones

Geodis SA, a global supply chain company based in France, recently signed a contract to transport eight large gantry cranes to Delta Port Vancouver from Poland.

The contract, with Austrian intermodal crane manufacturer Hans Küns GmbH, required delivering dismantled cranes from Poland’s Gdynia Port, said a news release in December from Geodis, which is a subsidiary of the SNCF Group, parent company of France’s state-owned national railway.

Total volume of the cranes is 50,000 freight tons.

“Each gantry crane included two main 75-meter girders, and the team transported eight of these pieces in total per vessel,” the release said. It took about 25 days for the two separate loads to reach Vancouver.

“Our main challenge was finding a vessel that could carry all of the pieces at one time,” the release quoted Stefan Waszak, operations manager of industrial projects for Geodis in Germany. “But after a thorough research we found the right solution for the customer.”

A video chronicling the loading of the cranes can be found on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mxxszc4Uvs


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