With its central location in Europe, Antwerp is an important interface for worldwide goods handling. With a freight volume of around 160 million tons per year, the port is one of the largest on the continent and impresses in particular with the wide variety of goods handled there. Goeyvaerts R. has been active as a service provider handling goods at the site for more than six years. The company handles bulk goods such as fertiliser, grain or coffee, as well as containers or iron or steel products.
Goeyvaerts relies consistently on material handling machines from SENNEBOGEN to ensure efficient operation. The range of uses is extremely diverse. Equipped with a 3.75 cubic meter clamshell grab, a SENNEBOGEN 850 M unloads an incoming ship with up to 6000 tons of the finest coffee beans. Speed is paramount here - just a short rain shower and the valuable cargo is ruined. The drivers can process around 225 tons in one hour. This requires a high-performance machine and robust mechanics. Ships can be reached over an entire width of 23 m with the long boom and accessed optimally thanks to the 1.5 m raised upper carriage. The SENNEBOGEN 860 M is at home at the container port. The machine loads dozens of empty 20 and 40- foot containers up to a width of three rows onto the waiting ships. Because the subsurface directly next to the quay wall cannot be driven on, the SENNEBOGEN 860 M bridges a long distance by swiveling between the storage area and the ship. Around 40 containers can be loaded per hour either individually or in double stroke. For unloading bulk goods from handysize-class vessels, Goeyvaerts uses a SENNEBOGEN 870. Equipped with a 23-meter banana boom and the 5 cubic meter clamshell grab, for example, 600 tons of fertiliser can be unloaded per hour. The bulk goods are loaded onto conveyor belts or trucks using a funnel. The elevating Skylift maXcab industrial cab combined with a 2 m pylon upper carriage elevation is particularly suited to this task. It offers drivers an outstanding overview and visibility right into the hull of the ship - a valuable feature for added safety. Equipped with a MS 100 star undercarriage, the SENNEBOGEN remains stable even under the highest load. Support plates with particularly large dimensions guarantee the required stability and protect the subsurface with their weight distribution.
The drivers praise the easy handling of the SENNEBOGEN machines in particular and are extremely satisfied with the material handling performance. The industrial cab with steep standing bulletproof glass pane protects the driver and offers optimal overview. With this large selection of SENNEBOGEN machines, Goeyvaerts has the right equipment on hand for every application and can help their customers quickly in the required tasks. The company rents the machines for all tasks at the port in Antwerp. Thanks to the competent advice and service provided by the sales and service partner VCM-Cramat Belgium (Kuiken Group), the optimal machines were defined in advance and regular service is guaranteed at all times.
"We use the SENNEBOGEN machines all over the port. Even large ships can be unloaded quickly with the 870 and 860. This offers added flexibility for our customers and saves valuable time. Our drivers praise the elevating Skylift maXcab cab in particular, as comfort and overview are key criteria too", states Kevin Goeyvaerts, singing the praises of the SENNEBOGEN machines.