Richardson Gears Up for Baytown
The Richardson Group of Companies has announced the latest addition to its lineup of container on barge equipment – “Super Gloria,” a container reachstacker manufactured by Kalmar.
On June 3, Richardson unveiled its very own “Super Gloria” at its Green Transport Barge Terminal location on the Cedar Bayou in Baytown, Chambers County, Texas. Richardson’s Super Gloria is the largest container reachstacker in the Western Hemisphere and will assist in facilitating expansion efforts of COB or container on barge operations at Green Transport. The benefits associated with Richardson’s acquisition of Gloria are far reaching. Super Gloria will increase efficiency, productivity and safety at Green Transport as well as further Richardson’s commitment to environmental responsibility.
Super Gloria’s special features include the ability to load containers four rows deep, a 9.2m wheelbase which substantially exceeds the average 6.2m wheelbase, an elevating cabin with a full 360° degree rotation, side-to-side lift along with other safety features. Super Gloria is a versatile piece of equipment in that it performs multiple functions. Some of its special features include the ability to load containers four rows deep, a 9.2m wheelbase which substantially exceeds the average 6.2m wheelbase, an elevating cabin with a full 360° degree rotation, side-to-side lift as well as many other safety features.
Green Transport is a multi-purpose barge terminal facility that not only services COB (Container on Barge) traffic but other non-hazardous general cargo, such as steel, as well as project cargo. Wal-Mart and Home Depot maintain major distribution centers in Chambers County while KTN and DHL Supply Chain have packaging operations. Cedar Port and Ameriport industrial parks are both within close proximity to Green Transport. Both of these parks are experiencing steady growth and expansion.
It is therefore no surprise that Richardson and Green Transport are very excited about the additional service opportunities Super Gloria brings to the barge terminal, COB and barge transportation operations in general. For example, typical barges are designed to accommodate a depth of three container rows. However, the Panama Canal’s expansion will translate to larger ships able to accommodate more containers. As such, the Port of Houston is preparing its facilities for acceptance of these larger ships, which is expected to increase the total number of containers and other cargo moving through the port. The increased volume of containers and general cargo moving through the Port of Houston will cause an increase in the volume of cargo and containers being transported by barge. In turn, the increased COB and general cargo traffic will inevitably result in wider barges being employed which can transport more containers and general cargo.
Super Gloria is capable of servicing these wider barges. Super Gloria’s expansive reach capabilities enable Richardson to immediately load and unload these barges without the need of additional barge moves and/or changes in equipment which can impair efficiency, productivity and more importantly, safety.
The current design and engineering of Green Transport allows for its immediate ability to receive larger barges as well as increased container and general cargo volumes. Green Transport has an expanded roll-on roll-off dock or ro-ro dock. The ro-ro dock was specifically designed to facilitate the safe loading/unloading of ultra-heavy and over dimensional cargo that is commonly associated with the local petrochemical, manufacturing and oil service industries. In anticipation of a significant increase in COB and general cargo by barge, Green Transport is also expanding its storage facilities for containers, steel products and other non-hazardous cargo.
Richardson and Green Transport are ready for the present and prepared for the future of COB and general cargo transportation in Chambers County and beyond.
- Date July 18, 2016
- Tags July 2016