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A further milestone in Texas

Viktoria Steininger
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At the end of October 2015 a ship loader crane left the port of Venice. Only 13 days later, the 500 ton crane arrived in the port at the new direct reduction plant in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Construction of the new direct reduction plant in Corpus Christi, Texas is proceeding rapidly. At the end of October 2015, a ship loader crane was shipped from Venice to Texas. The crane was designed and constructed by the Italian company Bedeschi, one of Europe’s oldest manufacturers of materials-handling technology.

The crane's arrival generated plenty of interest. Both local and national media gave the event extensive coverage.

The crane’s arrival generated plenty of interest. Both local and national media gave the event extensive coverage.

Impressive dimensions

The crane arm is 50 meters in length and has a loading capacity of 2,400 tons per hour. With its huge weight of 500 tons, the crane at voestalpine in Texas is one of the largest ever shipped out of Venice.

Its task will be to load deep-sea vessels with HBI (hot briquetted iron). A peculiarity of its construction is its ability to use a special spiral chute system to reduce dust emissions during the loading process to an absolute minimum. The crane is bound to rails, just like the two unloading cranes already installed in the craneway systems in the harbor basin. This gives the crane operator optimal capacity to precisely position the material during loading.

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Viktoria Steininger