Our specialised equipment partners perfectly with our specialised fleet. G2 Ocean’s in-house technicians ensure equipment is maintained to top standards. Ongoing R&D helps us identify how to improve equipment performance and design more advanced cargo handling systems which are built and outfitted in our own workshops. All of which helps us fulfil our commitment to safe cargo loading, discharge and transport.
The process of unitising – strapping together individual bales or bundles into a unit – enables more efficient loading and discharge and also helps minimise cargo damage, a particular benefit for cargoes that are either damage-prone or unsuited to individual stowage such as pulp and paper, lumber, aluminium and pipes.
Airbag manifolds are highly effective at maintaining tight stowage and preventing cargo shifts, resulting in less damage during transport. Each cargo type requires specific levels of inflation pressure which are monitored by our airbag manifold system. As part of our commitment to sustainable shipping, we are recycling increasing numbers of retired airbags rather than disposing of them.
Vacuum clamps and head clamps are used to lift large reels of newsprint and other paper products safely and efficiently. By using frames to lift as many as 20 clamps, crane usage is maximised enabling quicker loading and discharge. One of the main reasons of using vacuum clamps is when lifting sensitive products as it greatly reduces risk of damage to the cargo.
Core probes which, when placed into the hollow centre of a paper reel’s tube, expand to fit tightly within the tube. This allows for safe loading and discharge, minimising damage and maximising efficiency.
All G2 Ocean vessels are fitted with grabs ranging in capacity from 13 to 17 cubic metres. These high performance grabs are well-suited for handling a wide variety of bulk cargoes ranging from soda ash, kaolin and grain to iron ore. They have a safe working load of up to 25 metric tonnes, which enables high productivity.
Gearbulk uses both semi-automatic and manual lifting frames to efficiently load and discharge a wide range of cargo. Once semi-automatic frames are hooked up to a load, the crane driver takes over using a control system in the crane’s cab. Reducing the need for manual intervention helps lower port labour costs. Manual lifting frames ranging from 20 to 36 metric tonne capacity are used mainly with core probes and head clamps, but are also effective for handling certain types of breakbulk cargo.
G2 Ocean’s inventory of pipe frames and hooks allows us to handle many types of pipes in a wide range of sizes. Our pipe lifting frames have spans up to 10 metres. Pipe hooks are purpose designed to handle pipes that are coated or uncoated, smooth at the ends or flanged or single or strapped in bundles.
G2 Ocean uses a wide variety of slings to lift many of the commodities we carry. All our webbing slings are manufactured from man-made fibre webbing for cost-effective and damage-free lifting. Many types of slings are tailor-made with a specific product in mind. G2 Ocean has a programme to recycle web slings that can no longer be used for safe cargo lifting. In 2012 we recycled 70% of the web slings that were designated for disposal.
Research and development
As part of our commitment to constantly improve the performance and efficiency of our equipment, we maintain our own workshops where research and development teams focus on designing innovative cargo handling systems and putting them into action.
We developed our Active Weighing System for cargoes such as granite, which are traded using an agreed weight measurement which differs from the actual cargo weight. Granite can be weighed during loading without disrupting the flow of the operation. The data is transmitted from load cells to a quayside receiver where it is recorded and compared with the cargo manifest. The data can also be transmitted to an automatic data logger in a remote location.