Tsubaki Kabelschlepp Transatlantic team masters retrofit in record time

Editor: Steffen Donath

Tsubaki Kabelschlepp equipped a port crane in the Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT), Panama, with a robust cable carrier with encapsuled stroke system.

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Manzanillo International Terminal in Panama
Manzanillo International Terminal in Panama
(Source: Tsubaki Kabelschlepp)

The project was managed completely by Tsubaki Kabelschlepp, from planning to implementation. An international team installed the cable carrier within the agreed time of only ten days.

Changing the cable carrier on a port crane is always a challenge. In this specific case, another problem for the Tsubaki Kabelschlepp project team was the short time window that was available for removing the old cable carrier and installing the new one while the crane was shut down.

The team developed a flexible solution based on a heavy-duty cable carrier from the TKHD series. Roller supported chains prevent unwanted expansion on the extended travel lengths. Thanks to adapter consoles, it was possible to use the original hole distances for installing the new cable carrier system. Driver arms with floating moving devices compensate for unwanted movements of the cable carrier during operation to ensure optimum transfer of the cable.

“In close co-operation, we were able to develop a system that is now running as stable and constant as expected,” explains David Avice, Project Manager at MIT. “We are very satisfied with the process and the result of this project.”