Container crane workshop a tall order

Lyttleton Crane Workshop

When Lyttelton Port needed a workshop to construct and service its fleet of container straddle cranes they used the steel boxes the cranes are designed to lift as the main structure.   

Royal Wolf supplied 30 containers for the project, including 18 40-foot High Cube containers which form the sides of the large-scale workshop that stands five containers high.

A canopy roof traverses the two rows of containers allowing enough height for the 15m high cranes to drive in undercover. A further 10 20-foot High Cubes and two 10-foot High Cube containers make up the remainder of the structure.

The shelter, made by SmartShelters New Zealand, provides a workable undercover workshop for Christchurch’s Lyttelton Port Company and its Kone straddle cranes. Previously, this work was done outside meaning machinery and staff were exposed to the elements.

Harvey Cottle, SmartShelters’ Sales Manager, said Royal Wolf containers are a quick and cost-effective method of forming solid side walls.

“In the case of Lyttelton Port Company the nature of the port location meant that typical building foundations were not an option. The container subframe supplied by Royal Wolf enabled a fast and cost-effective build on a difficult site to create a large-scale covered workshop for these giant cranes.”

Mr Cottle says while the Lyttleton Port project is big, the company has built builds shelters up to 43m wide and 150m long.

“We have 100 years of experience in shelter protection systems and have created some of New Zealand’s largest spans. We use the world’s toughest coverings, have the best technical features available on the market, and products like shipping containers help us to construct something that protects a company’s valuable assets and ultimately helps them grow their business.”

 

Container Crane workshop by Royal Wold and Smartshelters NZ

ROYAL WOLF SHOWCASE: CONTAINER CRANE SHELTERS

Problem

Lyttelton Port Company in Christchurch needed a structure built to allow the maintenance and construction of their 15m high straddle cranes to be done under cover. Because of the port location, traditional foundations were not appropriate, so an alternative solution was needed to create a tall yet robust structure.  

Solution

Royal Wolf supplied 30 containers in total for the project, including 18 x 40-foot High Cube containers which form the main frame of the structure that stands five containers high. A further 10 x 20-foot High Cubes and two x 10-foot High Cube containers made up the remainder of the structure along with a customised canopy roof.   

Result

Harvey Cottle, SmartShelters’ Sales Manager, said: “Royal Wolf containers are a quick, cost-effective method of forming solid side walls. In the case of Lyttelton Port Company the nature of the port location meant that typical building foundations were not an option. The container subframe supplied by Royal Wolf enabled a fast and cost-effective build on a difficult site to create a large-scale covered workshop for these giant cranes.”

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