Rope Services Direct are specialist suppliers of industrial quality wire rope. We pride
ourselves on our high performance, super strength wire rope including marine, dockside crane ropes and container crane rope, which we discuss below.
Purpose of dockside cranes
Unloading a ship can be quicker when using a dockside crane. In order for the dockside crane to operate safely
and at maximum efficiency, they have been designed to work in relatively close proximity to one another, so
several cranes can be operating over any one ship at the same time. Dockside crane ropes are paramount to their
Types of dockside crane
Full gantry cranes, which are the largest type of gantry crane require the use of incredibly strong wire rope.
These cranes use a complex system of cables to support massive loads like ships engine or other large
components. The guidelines for lifting operations
in ports and docks should always be adhered to.
Dockside cranes are also found in the form of container cranes or ship-to-shore-cranes which consist of a
supporting framework able to traverse the full length of a quay.
Using special spreaders gives good stability when loading containers and larger cargo. These utilise a locking
mechanism positioned at each corner of the container in order to safely lift it.
Elements of dockside crane ropes
Typical rope elements within a dockside crane include the main hoist, auxiliary hoist, boom hoist and boom
pendant. Exact configurations will vary from one crane to another, for specific advice give Rope Services Direct
a call and we can advise on your specific circumstances.
Rope maintenance and requirements
Like other cranes that are working in wet, corrosive environment, we recommend the use of galvanized ropes.
Particularly for dockside cranes as they are more resistant to corrosion and water damage. Rope Services Direct
also recommend re-lubrication the rope regularly with a suitable lubricant. Wire ropes should also be checked regularly for
wear and tear which is particularly important when used for operating heavy machinery and lifting heavy loads.
When selecting a steel wire rope to suit your dockside crane there are several characteristics to take into
consideration. This includes the rope’s strength, rotation resistance, fatigue resistance, service life, minimal
downtime, resistance to crushing and resistance to corrosion.
Ordering your dockside crane rope
Rope Services Direct supply and manufacture some of the best
quality wire rope on the market. Designed to provide superior resistance and durability our ropes cater to
a wide range of lifting applications. Dockside or gantry cranes require the use of many different types of ropes
including trolley Rope, boom hoist rope and main hoist rope. For heavy loads we recommend using a rope with high
breaking strength and crush resistance. For more information on selecting the most suitable rope for your
dockside crane, please give us a call on 01384 78004, you can also complete our contact form for a speedy reply.