During mid 2017 Sheffield based VHS Hydraulic Components Limited were contacted by their client, Londonderry Garage Specialist Equipment who was working closely with the Port of Blyth to design and install a bespoke crane system. The port needed to install a unit that would enable EDF to load, carry and unload a variety of tools and equipment onto vessels shipped out to five new 8kW wind turbines working just off the coast, east of Blyth.
The unit itself is now mounted on an 80 tonne capacity, fixed position pontoon at the Port of Blyth’s South Harbour. It is powered by the Hatz 3L41C air cooled silent pack engine and Sunfab bent axis piston pump. This particular engine was principally selected to power the crane because of the engine’s durability and its low noise levels without having to build a sound attenuated enclosure. The 3L41C is a 3-cylinder diesel engine; its high operation safety allows the engine to be operated reliably in remote areas or for applications without constant monitoring.
Commenting on this latest development from VHS Hydraulic Components, Kieran Daley said, “These turbines have a current life expectancy of twenty years so there will be constant need for close monitoring of these new type turbines. The crane itself is a Hiab X 188 B-2 with a capacity of 2020kg at 8.4 metres, fully remote controlled. It has been adapted from one of LGS standard lorry loaders and fixed to a plinth on the pontoon designed by the LGS in house team and using the bespoke designed VHS engine powerpack to drive it”
The complete installation (plinth excluded) was completed in ten hours from arrival. This included installing the crane, commissioning and coupling up the power unit, calibrating and testing.
VHS Hydraulic Components specialise in the supply of commercial vehicle and industrial hydraulic solutions such as standalone diesel and electric powerpacks, directional control valves, piston and gear pumps and motors, PTO and agricultural gearboxes, proportional directional control valves….the list goes on. Established in the mid-nineties, the company has evolved and developed substantially to become one of the leading companies in the hydraulic market. With a vast range of hydraulic components kept ex-stock at Sheffield, VHS is able to offer a reliable next day or even same day delivery service nationwide. VHS offer a complete hydraulic package and strive to build a close working relationship with customers to achieve a quality service at competitive prices with very short lead times.
Hatz diesel engines have been around since 1910. From their manufacturing base situated in Ruhstorf, Germany, Hatz produce a range of modern diesel engines from 3 to 55 kW. Their UK subsidiary, Hatz GB Limited, has its facilities centrally located in Hinckley, Leicestershire,