The 3,200-acre Port of Long Beach in southern California is the second busiest port in the United States and the 15th busiest container cargo port in the world. With 71 post-panamax gantry cranes in operation, the Port of Long Beach handled more than 7.31 million containers (TEUs) in 2007. In 1986, Alimak delivered the first of eight Alimak Scando Mini 2/10 elevators to provide improved access to the port’s container cranes. Since then, 54 additional Alimak elevators and 4 Champion elevators have joined the port’s crane elevator fleet.
Uptime and productivity are key
With vessel turnaround schedules measured in hours, it is imperative to maximize crane uptime. Alimak rack and pinion elevators provide reliable, efficient access to the top of the crane for men, tools, and repair parts, facilitating frequent preventive maintenance and minimizing costly downtime resulting from breakdowns. By allowing operators to access the crane’s cabin more quickly, an elevator also substantially increases the crane’s overall productivity per shift.
Alimak elevators are designed to operate in demanding industrial environments, outdoors and indoors. Because an Alimak rack and pinion elevator carries its own machinery, it does not require an expensive machine room or load-bearing elevator shaft.
Location: Port of Long Beach, California, USA
Application: Ship-to-shore gantry cranes
Elevator type: Rack and pinion
No. of elevators: 55
7 x ALIMAK SCANDO MINI 2/10
10 x ALIMAK SCANDO MINI 4/9
6 x ALIMAK ALICOM 680 Special
10 x ALIMAK SE-3 FC
14 x ALIMAK SE-4 FC
6 x ALIMAK SE 400 DOL
2 x ALIMAK SE 450 FC
4 x CHAMPION US-900
Lifting height: Varies between 25 m to 48 m