New anti-collision sensor from Arck - Feb.2011

Press release in WorldCargoNews - February 2011
New anti-collision sensor from Arck.pdf

France-based Arck Sensor has introduced a new system to prevent collisions between STS gantry crane boom and ships’ superstructures.
The end of the boom is mounted with two type BMU-01 (universal matrix) infra-red beacons, one on each side.
The beacons correspond to two Sirrah SC19 optical sensors mounted on each side of the boom just forward of the waterside legs. When the crane starts to pass over the upper part of the vessel, the light emission is interrupted and the sensor will not receive the signal, automatically activating the emergency stop.
The required distance of the beacon array from the side of the boom is, therefore, a function of the crane’s long travel speed – 1m and 2m are given as examples. As an option, two beacons can be fitted on each side. In this case, one beacon is used for “slow down” and the other is used to signal crane “stop”.
Based on installations to date, the sensors are effective within a boom flexing/bending range of +/- 5m and the working range is up to 60m. The system is known to have been installed in one terminal in the Middle East and Arck says it works well in all weathers.
Arck quotes the TT Club’s warning that crane boom/ship collisions “are costing millions” and its recommendation that anti-collision systems are retrofitted to existing cranes and specified for new ones. The TT Club’s investigation (in 2007-8) found that installation costs were around US$10,600, a fraction of the cost of collisions in damage and lost working hours.

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