Fenwicks are pleased to announce the addition of a new state of the art Straddle Carrier for the shipyard, commissioned in August 2017. After many years of reliability and good service from the previous jolly green giant, we have invested in a new Crib Point Engineering MSC 50 ton lift.
This new machine incorporates a number of features developed between Crib Point and Fenwicks Marina. As an existing customer with three decades of operational knowledge, we collaborated with the manufacturer to design a super straddle carrier.
The most obvious feature is the fully remote control aspect of this machine, allowing the operator to move around the machine to gain better visibility and access when setting a vessel on the hardstand.
• 50 tonne capacity
• Accommodates vessels up to 23 metres
• Positions large vessels on the hardstand
The telehandler is a machine widely used in the marine industry. It is similar in appearance and function to a forklift, however, it is more a crane than forklift, with the increased versatility that has a telescopic boom that can extend forwards and upwards from the vehicle. On the end of the boom the operator can fit one of several attachments, such as a work cage, bucket, pallet forks, muck grab, or winch.
The telehandler can also work with a crane jib along with lifting loads, out of or into hard to get at spaces. This assists many work practices in the shipyard such as stepping masts for yachts or carrying out maintenance safely on large vessels in the shipyard.
Telehandlers were pioneered by the Matbro company at Horley in Surrey, England, UK who developed them from their articulated cross country forestry forklifts. At first they had a centrally mounted boom on the front section, with the driver’s cab on the rear section, but the rigid chassis design with a rear mounted boom and cab to the side has become more popular. Fenwicks telehandler was manufactured by Caterpiller (CAT) USA.
• Stepping masts
• Used to gain access via a remote person cage to superstructures and hardtops
• Teaming with the Hydraulic trailer
• Lifting and lowering various loads around the boatyard and waterfront
ROODBERG HYDRAULIC BOAT TRAILER
The Roodberg 30ton Hydraulic Boat Trailer was built for Fenwicks in The Netherlands and joined the specialist shipyard equipment in March 2015.
This powerful trailer is a boat mover designed to launch and recover boats on a slipway, transport the boats over land and park them in the yard storage area. Because it has an open U-frame design, including hydraulically operated variable width, it is the world’s fastest way to handle boats.
The Telehandler is used to pull the boat mover using the hydraulic facility of the pulling vehicle for all functions of the boat trailer. The boats are supported on large soft pads to give maximum comfort to the hull. The frame and the pads are independently adjustable in height, to keep the boat horizontal and vertical under all circumstances. The drawbar is extendable to fit boats of different lengths.
The hydraulic cylinders are specially designed and manufactured by Roodberg and all lifting cylinders are manufactured including built-in safety valves. This piece of equipment complements the Telehandler and Straddle Carrier.
Improves use of available yard space
Allows for easy access in and out of mobile shed work area
Very sympathetic to a variety of hull shapes and sizes
• Safely holding vessels as they are moved around the yard
• Teaming with the Telehandler for efficiency
Fenwicks Marina uses a 4 ton Komatsu forklift, to lift and move engines in and out of boats, shift materials short distances and generally carry out smaller lifting jobs in and around vessels in the shipyard.
Komatsu produces one of the widest ranges of these machines. Forklifts have become an indispensable piece of equipment in the marine industry and in marina repair and maintenance operations. These are some of the things that the forklift does:
• Lifts engines in and out of vessels
• Lifts new (or old) anchors onto (or off) vessels
• Towing small boat cradles around the yard
• Lifting all sorts of smaller equipment such as generators onto boats
$110 minimum charge