Expert training helps Belfast Harbour operators achieve 25 second cycle

The wheeled Mantsinen 160 HybriLift hydraulic crane is now operational at Belfast Harbour and, with training well underway, the port’s crane operators are completing ever faster cycle times.

Cooper Specialised Handling’s driver trainer/engineer Jim Barnett is in charge of the training programme, which has led to an immediate, significant improvement in productivity.


First attempts at using this impressive 234t machine – understood to be the biggest crane of its type in the UK – saw operators experience excessive rotation, grab swinging and pauses in grabbing function.


Following a short period of training – as this new video highlights – the operators had worked on their positioning and were able to use the crane at full speed, achieving a 25 second cycle.


The fast cycle speed is a major benefit of the Mantsinen 160 and we’re delighted to report that the times Belfast Harbour’s operators are achieving so soon after completing the requisite training programme has far exceeded the port’s expectations.

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