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continued from page 34             has complemented our extensive range   B.V., said: “Buyers love the cost sav-
         logistics company.                 of premium lifting gear.”          ings on the wire ropes, and installers
           The MOD 24 and MOD 34 combined     Ortiz Fischer’s below-the-hook solu-  praise the unique handling points that
         in a narrow rig with slings and other rig-  tion was utilized by a team of 10 peo-  make  their  work  so  much  easier  and
         ging equipment above and below as two   ple onsite—four in the vessel, four on   safer. We receive requests for informa-
         12t coils were lifted together, halving   the dockside, a crane operator, and a   tion about the product nearly every
         the time taken to complete loading op-  supervisor.                   day. It is unique; no other shackle for
         erations at the port, which serves a steel   The company’s headquarters are   heavy lifting presents  the additional
         plant  (formerly  government  property)   300km to the north of Buenos Aires; it   safety features  the  Green  Pin  Power
         now owned by private operator Siderar.  has four branches in Argentina in ad-  Sling Shackles offers.”
           The MOD 24 offers up to 24t at 5m   dition to a presence in Uruguay. Ortiz   “Further,” she continued, “It is the only
         (17 ft.) and up to 8m (26 ft.) at a lower   Fischer has been in the lifting busi-  heavy lifting shackle in the world that
         capacity; the MOD 34 offers up to 34t   ness for more than 45 years and is one   has been type approved by DNV [DNV
         at 6m (19 ft.) and up to 10m (32 ft.) at a   of the country’s major players in the   GL  standard  DNVGL-ST-0378  –  Stan-
         lower capacity. Ortiz Fischer also pro-  marketplace.                 dard for offshore and platform lifting
         vided grade 10 chains, wire rope slings,                              appliances; and DNV GL standard DN-
         and Green Pin shackles.            Safe Lifting Europe First          VGL-ST-0377 – Standard for shipboard
           Santiago Ortiz, General Manager at  to Offer Green Pin Power        lifting appliances]. Products approved by
         Ortiz Fischer, said: “We had 30t of ca-  Sling Shackle for Hire       this certificate are accepted for installa-
         pacity with the on-site crane and want-  Holland-based  Safe Lifting Europe   tion on all vessels classified by DNV GL.”
         ed to design a rigging solution that   has become the first rental company in   Heick said: “We anticipate that these
         accelerated loading of the coils.  Com-  the world to stock the new Green Pin   characteristics will suit the product to
         bining the beams  we could rig slings   Power  Sling  Shackle  range,  available   on  and offshore  maritime customers,
         through the centre of each coil and load   in capacities from 125t to 1,250t.  particularly in  the wind  market. Not
                                                                               only is there much activity in that sec-
         them onto the awaiting vessel at twice   The  product,  manufactured  with   tor  as the  year gathers  pace, but the
         the speed of alternative methods load-  maritime, energy and other heavy lift   time-saving attributes of the shackle
         ing one at a time.”                applications in mind, boasts a number   range will be attractive  to a market-
           Sue Spencer, Technical Director at   of standout features, including  eight   place where evermore competitive ten-
         Modulift, said: “Using two spreader   lifting  points  that add versatility and   ders are contended.”
         beams in this type of rig configuration   convenience  for  rigging  professionals.   Van  Beest  pointed  to  additional  fea-
         is not that common; however, it is a   Currently Safe Lifting is the only sup-  tures, including a hole in the nut to at-
         great idea for lifting steel coils in this   plier to offer the product, underscored   tach an auxiliary lifting wire for installa-
         way to speed up loading time.”     by the tagline, ‘Power to the Wire’, on   tion; tommy bar holes to tighten the nuts
           She added: “The steel coils keep the   a rental basis.              (no large tools needed that can jump
         beams spaced apart,  and it  is  a  good   Mark Heick,  Marketing Manager  at   off the nut); recessed markings (cannot
         idea if there is the headroom available   Safe  Lifting,  said:  “It’s  important
         to have very  long  slings  for  this  type   that  we  continue  to  respond  to
         of rig to minimize the horizontal forc-  the market and stock product that
         es being transferred to the load being   meets its requirements. If it takes
         lifted due to having angled slings. The   being  the  first  rental  firm  in  the
         coils themselves are more than strong   world to stock a new innovation,
         enough  to withstand these  horizontal   we’re prepared to take that step.
         ‘crushing’ forces.”                Moreover, we have complete confi-
           The port consists of two sections:   dence in the Green Pin manufac-
         Berth A (southern quay) is used for dis-  turing process; the training and
         charge of iron ore and coal, plus load-  education we’ve been given on the
         ing of coke  breeze;  Berth B (northern   new shackle suggest it will be a
         quay) serves as the commercial berth   popular addition to our range.”
         for  the  loading  of  finished  steel  prod-  Other notable features of the
         ucts,  where  Ortiz Fischer  completed   product, launched only last year,
         its latest scope of work. On the north-  include a 10% wider crown  and
         ern quay, which is 320m long and 30m   optimal  D/d  ratio  (the  diameter
         wide, the 30t safe working load (SWL)   around the object upon which
         crane is joined by two 15t SWL cranes.   the sling is bent divided  by the
         Both quays are constructed of rein-  overall diameter of the sling be-
         forced concrete and lie at an angle of   ing used). The manufacturer said
         about 230 degrees to each other.   this increases bending efficiency
           Santiago added: “We were responsible   of wire rope up to 85% and, when
         for providing a solution for the customer   making a sling,  customers  can
         to lift the coils from the dockside to the   save up to 20% on wire costs. Ad-
         bottom of the vessel. While speed was of   ditionally, each shackle has been
         the essence, safety was the number one   proof tested to twice its working
         priority so we could make no sacrifices   load limit (WLL) and has passed
         with the rig. We had complete faith in   40,000 test bed cycles.
         the Modulift below-the-hook equipment,   Anja van Beest, Export Man-  Anja van Beest and Mark Heick in front of a Green Pin
         based on previous experiences where it   ager at manufacturer Van Beest  Power Sling Shackle.

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