2 april 2014

Ship-to-shore crane or harbour crane emergency repair service

Damage to a gantry crane or harbour crane means all hands on deck. The crane has to be repaired as quickly as possible to avoid economic losses mounting up. But where do you find a partner willing and able to carry out such a complex job thoroughly and without delay? Your crane manufacturer is probably too busy; it certainly won’t be a priority in the next few months. But you can call TCS, as the Port Said case demonstrates.

Severely damaged after collision

On 28 December 2013, a container vessel approaching Port Said’s quay ran into trouble. The vessel collided with a harbour crane, severely damaging the crane’s drive system (crane bogies) and parts of its steel structure.

On the verge of collapse, the crane was immediately secured to await repairs. An intervention service for this kind of emergency is very complex and labour intensive.

That is why TCS was called in. Our engineers immediately drew up a repair plan to guarantee delivery by July 2014.

Turnkey operation

The necessary parts are currently being manufactured in TCS’s workshop in Houthalen. The parts are planned to be shipped to Port Said in May.

On-site repairs will take 14 weeks. First, the 126-metre high crane weighing 1,650 tonnes will be carefully slipped back and sideways to a safe repair location several hundreds of metres behind the quay. This back-and-side-slipping will be done using a gliding system especially designed for transporting such heavy loads.

Then, damaged parts will be dismantled, the crane will be reinforced and set straight and the new parts installed.

Finally, the crane will be moved back to its original position, tested and taken back into service.


One day, despite all precautions, you might have a severe problem with your crane. If the worst happens, be sure to call an expert. TCS has the necessary expertise to carry out such emergency repairs efficiently and thoroughly.

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