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SENNEBOGEN’s 870 Hybrid E-Series Improves Safety And Increases Efficiency In One Of Belgium’s Busiest Ports

Cost reduction on a grand scale. The SENNEBOGEN 870 can unload up to 160 steel wire coils per hour, getting ships out faster.

Brussels, Belgium: DD Shipping NV, a member of the Square Group is a stevedoring company for dried bulk goods and general cargo. It manages two key terminals along the Brussels-Scheldt Maritime Canal, a vital hub for inland shipping routes in Belgium.

In an effort to increase flexibility and versatility in their operations, DD Shipping NV researched a number of machines and the SENNEBOGEN 870 Hybrid E-Series material handler on a crawler gantry was the overwhelming choice to ensure fast, simple and efficient loading/unloading of heavy cargo and bulk materials.

DD Shipping NV in Puurs is based at the sea lock of Wintam which makes it a strategic and ideal location between the cities of Antwerp and Brussels. With measurements of 29 ft. (8.8 m) deep, 820 ft. (250 m) long and 82 ft. (25 m) wide, the sea lock can receive and dock ships with a capacity up to 10,000 tons. A second dock opened recently at the port specialist’s premises, which will soon be put into full operation, made possible by the addition of the SENNEBOGEN 870!

“While weighing our options, we decided on a maneuverable version of the material handler so we can use it interchangeably on both our docks in the future to expand our business,” reports Geert Keeris, Managing Director of DD Shipping.

When asked about the entire sales process, “It was truly a collaboration, they listened to our needs, our goals and strategy which lead to the final decision of our investment in a SENNEBOGEN machine. With the 870 E, we now have a stable, mobile machine with a large handling capacity, which is both comfortable and ergonomically designed for the operator.”

Port logistics made easy with crawler gantry and purpose-built equipment
With a clearance height of around 16 ft. (5 m), trucks can easily pass directly underneath the machine to be loaded, which is a massive time-saver. Additionally, on-site storage spaces are no longer needed as loading/unloading turnaround times of ships have been dramatically reduced making intermediate transports obsolete. The Maxcab can be raised up to 23 ft. (7 m) for a total of almost 40 ft. (12 m) which allows the operator to enjoy an unrestricted 360-degree visibility. There is also an additional camera mounted on the stick allowing the operator to be precise while working inside the ship’s hull.

Another factor in DD Shipping NV choosing SENNEBOGEN was the ability of their port material handlers to be equipped with a special boom and sick to achieve even higher handling capacities. The specially designed 82 ft. (25 m) combination is made of robust, high-strength steel, which enables lightweight construction while simultaneously allowing more load capacity due to the weight savings. As the Belgian port specialists have to process different types of material, the special configuration pays major dividends when loading heavy break-bulk: “Our ship today contains 2,162 steel wire coils. At peak times, we are able to unload up to 160 coils per hour with our SENNEBOGEN,” reports Geert Keeris.

Flexible use at both docks by DD Shipping NV: This mobile crawler gantry solution allows for trucks and wheel loaders to pass underneath.

BIG energy savings thanks to the SENNEBOGEN Green Hybrid System
“In this demanding work environment, it is important for us to save energy in the process making it one of the other key reasons we chose the SENNEBOGEN 870 Hybrid. We are simply trying to follow a ‘green’ line,” Geert Keeris explains. DD Shipping NV is now supported in this green initiative by SENNEBOGEN’s Green Hybrid system.

In fact, SENNEBOGEN is a leader in advanced energy recovery technology on the market. It uses an energy storage module consisting of nitrogen and piston accumulators is located in the secure, enclosed rear area of the machine. There, gas is compressed when the boom is lowered. At this point, the compressed gas (and ultimately the energy) is temporarily stored, and is available during the next stroke. The resulting stored power energy output compensates for the mass of the boom and raises it without requiring any further energy input. Depending on the task to be performed, the Green Hybrid module can save up to 50% energy – a major advantage in the highly competitive port business.


SENNEBOGEN has been a leading name in the global material handling industry for over 65 years. Based in Stanley, North Carolina, within the greater Charlotte region, SENNEBOGEN LLC offers a complete range of purpose-built machines to suit virtually any material handling application. Established in America in the year 2000, SENNEBOGEN LLC has quickly become a leading provider of specialized equipment solutions for recycling and scrap metal yards, demolition, barge and port operations, log-handling, transfer stations, waste facilities and the tree care industry from coast to coast. A growing network of distributors supports SENNEBOGEN LLC sales and service across the Americas, ensuring the highest standard of professional machine support and parts availability.

For more information on the full line of SENNEBOGEN green line material handlers, contact:

1957 Sennebogen Trail
Stanley, NC 28164
Tel: (704) 347-4910 or fax (704) 347-8894