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    Scanclimber designed a customized SC300K Industrial hoist to easing crane maintenance at the port of Le Havre, France.
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Easing the maintenance of cranes at the port of Le Havre, France

The port of Le Havre is one of the largest ports in France, handling an annual container volume of more than 2 million TEU while operating under the ‘Grand Port Maritime du Havre’ port authority. The Generale de Manutention Portuaire (GMP), also known as the General of Port Handling, started their operations in Europe in 1976 at the terminal in order to handle an increased volume of containers and vessels. Scanclimber assisted in accessing the port’s cranes for maintenance work by providing a SC300K Hoist.


In the early 16th Century, the Port of Le Havre was just little more than a fishing village. A harbor, called the Havre-de-Grace at the time, was being constructed there in 1517. While time passed through the 16th and 17th centuries, the harbor expanded and developed to an extent that it could handle twice the traffic. The traffic kept on increasing by the start of the 19th century due to its expansion to the east. The port of Le Havre played an important role during various wars and battles throughout the years until World War II, when it was nearly destroyed. The port was re-built after the war and it has been expanding since and has been playing a significant role in the country’s trade and economy.

visite de Louis XV au Havre en 1749


One challenge at the port of La Havre was to access the harbor cranes while finding an efficient solution in respect to its installation, maintenance, quick availability of spare parts and to the suitability to the structure of the site. Some major challenges at the site were:

  • Finding measurements for the basic construction of the cranes
  • Replacing the existing hoist
  • Installing a hoist without causing any major structural changes to the site’s basic construction
le havre harbor crane 01

The purpose of this project was to replace an old hoist with a new one. A major challenge was to have the measurements of the landing and clearance dimensions on the site. This was challenging since the site was old and there were no layout drawings or other dimensional information available. Re-measurements had to be made, which was another test as they had to be carried out while the crane was in operation and the area where the old hoist was installed was contaminated with hydraulic oil. Additionally, it was emphasized to install the Scanclimber hoist without incorporating any major modifications to the crane itself. Scanclimber technicians from Poland addressed these challenges very skillfully. The measuring results enabled Scanclimber to design a customized hoist. The landing and cover panel were adapted in a way that nearly no additional changes on the existing basic construction had to be made. They replaced the old hoist with a new basic industrial hoist which started operating in June 2009.

le havre harbor crane 03
Project Facts 
Hoist used SC300K
Payload of hoist 300 kg or 3 persons
No. of hoists used 2
Hoist installed June, 2009
Hoist Usage 6 times per shift (8 hours)
Main use / benefits of hoist Access for crane operators and maintenance personnel

SC600K Technical Data Overview

  • SC600K Technical Data
  • SC600K Electrical Data
  • SC600K Technical Data Lift Car and Lifting Mechanism
Technical DataSC600K
Payload 600 kg or 8 persons
Speed 36 m/min
60 m/min
Lifting height ≤200 m
Max. free mast after topmost anchoring 5 m
Max. distance between anchors 12 m
Weight of the mast section 134 kg
Weight of the lift car 1100 kg
Operation temperature -25°C – +45 °C
Noise level to the surroundings [dB (A)] Max. 80 dB
Electrical DataSC600K
Number of lifting motors 2
Motor rating 11 kW
Starting current 40 A
Power consumption 10 kW
Supply voltage
  • 230/400 V
  • AC 50 Hz
Lift control voltage
  • safety
  • control circuits
  • 48 V AC
  • 24 V DC
Lighting circuit voltage 230 V AC 50 Hz
Signal circuit voltage
  • lamps
  • buzzer 
  • 48 V AC
  • 12 V AC
Permissible voltage variation ±5 %
Fault mode current protection residual current device
Technical Data for the
Lift Car and Lifting Mechanism
Car (internal)
  • width
  • depth
  • height
  • weight
  • 1020 mm
  • 1490 mm
  • 2090 mm
  • 1100 kg
Mast section
  • length
  • load bearing tubes spacing
  • mast bolts
  • weight
  • 1508 mm
  • 650 mm
  • M20 x 260-10.9 - 4 pc./section
  • 134 kg
Electric motor
  • type
  • nominal power
  • rated speed
  • supply voltage
  • rated current
  • weight
  • DV132ML4 - SEW
  • 11 kW
  • 1440 [1/min]
  • 230/400 V - 50 Hz
  • 18,1 A
  • 75 kg
  • operating principle
  • type
  • braking torque
  • weight
  • Disk type,
  • electro magnetically switched
  • BM15/HR - SEW
  • 75 Nm
  • 25 kg
  • type
  • gear ratio
  • weight
  • KF77 - SEW
  • 1:15.84
  • 60 kg
Driving pinion
  • module
  • number of teeth
  • rotation speed
  • 6 mm
  • 20
  • 91 [1/min]
Safety brake
  • operating principle
  • type
  • tripping speed
  • weight
  • Progressive, centrifugal action
  • UC – 3.0 A
  • 0,9 m/s
  • 32,5 kg
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