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The Newest And Largest SENNEBOGEN Material Handler, Now Installed In Busy Bulgarian Port

The massive SENNEBOGEN 8400 EQ balance material handler was divided into 36 parts for transportation to Bulgaria along the Danube River from Straubing, Germany.

 Burgas, Bulgaria – In a true logistics feat, the largest SENNEBOGEN balance material handler is now assembled and handling bulk goods every day at the Bulgaria’s largest Black Sea port.

The 270 metric ton SENNEBOGEN 8400 EQ material handler leverages an innovative balance principle which, when combined with the machine’s electric drive, can save up to 75% in operating costs compared to traditional equipment of similar size. It has a reach of more than 131 ft. (40 m) and is efficiently operated from a cab elevated to a height of about 66 ft. (20 m).

Equipped with a rail gantry undercarriage, the 8400 EQ easily moves up and down the Port of Burgas’ docking platform. Local trucks can simply drive under the material handler for fast loading.

If only moving the massive machine to the Port of Burgas was as easy.

On the move
The first 8400 EQ was initially assembled at the SENNEBOGEN plant in Straubing, Germany. In a tandem lifting operation, two cranes were used to place and then secure the uppercarriage and boom elements. Intensive factory testing followed, before the machine was dismantled into 36 individual parts for transport to Bulgaria.

Using Europe’s second longest river, the Danube, the 36 parts of the first 8400 EQ would fit into the massive 1,200 metric ton river boat that travels regularly from Straubing toward Ruse, Bulgaria.

Now on the job at the Port of Burgas, the SENNEBOGEN 8400 EQ is receiving positive reviews for its production and efficiency, including the fuel and energy savings resulting from the electric drive and balance principle.

Incorporating the principle that the longer the lever is on one side, the greater the opposite counterweight must be, the 8400 EQ is able to retain perfect balance and put all energy into handling the load. Despite its massive size and unique design, the gantry-based balance material handler has proven easy for operators to maneuver thanks to the dual joysticks in the elevated cab.

The first SENNEBOGEN 8400 EQ balance material handler is up and running in the Black Sea port of Burgas, Bulgaria. The efficient, electric driven machine has a reach of 131 ft. (40 m) for the safe unloading of incoming ships.


SENNEBOGEN has been a leading name in the global material handling industry for 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 and waste facilities 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:

Constantino Lannes, President

1957 Sennebogen Trail (formerly 7669 Old Plank Road)
Stanley, NC 28164
Tel: (704) 347-4910 or fax (704) 347-8894
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