Cincinnati Barge & Rail Terminal LLC (CBRT) celebrated its new material handler October 4 with a lunch and open house event. The party, which attracted approximately 150 guests, was co-hosted by Ohio Cat, the company that supplied the material handler. The terminal, located at Ohio River Mile 468.5, ordered the Mantsinen 70R crane earlier this year from Finland.
The crane is equipped with Tier 4 diesel technology to reduce pollutants, has HybriLift technology that utilizes pressure accumulators to provide approximately 25 percent in energy savings, according to Jeffrey Stewart, president of CBRT.
The crane also features a harbor crane cab and cab elevator, with a maximum 28-foot eye level that allows the operator to see inside a barge without cameras.
According to Mantsinen, the material handler has a maximum reach of nearly 79 feet. It can contain either a diesel or electric motor and comes with several types of undercarriages. The company said the crane can run on either tracks or wheels and be fitted with fixed or rail-mounted structures.
Stewart said the material handler was purchased using a grant from Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) funds. “This proved to be one of the few public-private partnerships to be successfully completed,” he said.
According to Stewart, the grant was given by OKI Regional Council of Governments, and Ohio Rail Development Commission sponsored it. In addition to funding the crane, the grant allowed CBRT to purchase a new crane pad installed by Sunesis Construction.
CBRT is a multimodal facility with access to barge, rail and truck. It’s located halfway between Cairo, Ill., and Pittsburgh, Pa., and offers transloading, warehousing, shipping and distribution services.