Damen Shipyard Group have received its first order from a client in Uruguay for its new transshipment crane barge.
The ‘CBa 6324’ barge features the Liebherr CBG 350 crane as a standard which has been outfitted with a mooring spread from Vryhof Anchors and Damen Anchor & Chain Factory.
Alex Westendarp Knol, Damen’s Sales Manager said: “The crane barge for our client in Uruguay will be transshipping large quantities of soy or iron ore from barge convoys coming down the Hidrovia Paraná-Paraguai to ocean-going Panamax vessels bound for Europe and Asia.
“When a Panamax ship arrives, it will moor on the river between the second and third mooring buoys. The CBa 6324 will moor against the ship and travel alongside it to transship the cargo from the convoy barges supplied by a small tug from the first buoy. Once these barges are empty, the same tug will moor them at the fourth mooring buoy ready for a pusher tug to take them up [the] river again.”
A central feature of the design of the CBa 6324 is Liebherr’s reputable CBG 350 crane which has a grab-load capacity 35 tonnes, a 12-36m outreach, and a hook load capacity of 45 tonnes at 12-36m.
The crane is expected to be handling approximately 20,000 tonnes per-day.