Gone with the CS Wind UK in Campbeltown, Scotland
CES has officially handed over its first two VRS-K reach stackers built in Italy to the customer
Scottish wind turbine tower manufacturer CS Wind has taken delivery of 2 brand new heavy-duty reachstackers manufactured by Germany-headquartered Containerhandling Equipment & Solutions (CES) although they have been built in its Italian factory near Verona.
The VRS-K were officially presented by CES and its UK distributor, Shad Group at CS Wind newly developed offshore wind turbine tower manufacturing plant in Campbeltown, Scotland; the heavy duty machines boast a lifting capacity of 150 tonnes and can lift and carry a section when aligned perpendicular to it using hooks and slings, even the biggest sections weighing 200 tonnes with a diameter of 7m.
CS Wind is utilising the pair of reachstackers for handling wind tower components. The new equipment was demonstrated with the lift and move of a 111-tonne wind tower section across the facility. The new VRS-K heavy-duty reachstacker joins CES's VRS-J and VRS-L models, which offer 120-tonne and 250-tonne lifting capacities respectively.
Nicolas Huthloff, managing director of CES Group, said the new reachstacker is an industry first, not just due to its high lifting capacity but also its variable telescopic wheelbase, which allows for up to seven different wheelbases and capacities in one machine. “We do see a growing demand in heavy-duty reachstackers. Currently you must use self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT) and crawler cranes to lift and move weights more than 130 tonnes. Investment is far higher for two crawler cranes and SPMTs, in comparison to two reachstackers, so the customer can save a lot of costs” added the German entrepreneur who identified the oil & gas and steel industries as target markets for the VRS reachstacker range.
No figures have been given, but World Cargo News speculated that the price for the 2 reach stackers is about 1.8 million euro, i.e. half equivalent mobile cranes and SPMT alternative.
The reach stackers can move sections around and load them to trailers operated by heavy haul company ALE to the port for final loading aboard heavy lift ships chartered by Siemens.
The operation using cranes and SPMT would be slow and costly apparently.
CS Wind has a 2-year contract to build offshore wind towers for Siemens, which is supplying completed turbines to Dong Energy. The first offshore towers being built by CS Wind are destined for the Walney wind farm extension in the Irish Sea.