At the beginning of April 2007, the erection of the two Continuous Ship Unloaders (out of four) supplied by Tenova to Enel, the mayor Italian electricity producer, was accomplished at the Brindisi harbour.
In order to keep the unloading coal jetty in operation as long as possible, the erection of the new machines was executed off-site the harbour area.
Through combined transport systems, such as the multiaxes “Self Propelled Moving Truck” (SPMT) and Barge, only in April 2007 the two new machines were transported to their final destination dock, matching the removal schedule for the two ancient ship unloaders.
In this particular case, the SPTMs were equipped with huge hydraulic jacking systems lifting up the whole machines whilst the transport. Each machine approximately weights 1,600 tons.
The final tuning and commissioning of the first CSU was then accomplished immediately. Already after 2 weeks the second machine also came into production.
According to Enel coal ship availability, during May and June ‘07, severe performance and reliability tests (as requested by Enel) were successfully executed.
Since last July, both ship unloaders are in normal operation.
Tenova’s senior operators coming from Petacalco Coal receiving Terminal in Mexico conduct trainings "on the job" with the Enel operators. Tenova is the new brand name of Techint Technologies, and the Petacalco Coal Receiving Terminal in Mexico is an operation that was fully equipped and has been managed by Techint since.
We size this opportunity to put evidence to the recent acquisition, last August 2007, of TAKRAF GmbH, a well-known company operating in the Materials Handling, being leader - among the yard materials handling equipment - in open-cast mining technologies. With the acquisition of Takraf, Tenova becomes a leading supplier of mining and bulk handling equipment as well.