The innovative Australian designed Mobicon container handler will be heading to the U.S. as part of a contract to Bath Iron Works, a General Dynamics company, for the new United States Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship project.
The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a high speed 127 metre aluminum trimaran that will provide the U.S Navy with multi-mission capability and superior aviation operations. The LCS is the first of a new family of surface ships for the U.S Navy, and is a key element in the Navy’s plan to address the threats posed by asymmetric warfare.
According to Mobicon Systems, the Mobicon was awarded the contract by Bath Iron Works (BIW), as it was deemed the only container handler in the world that was light and versatile enough for the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship.
The Mobicon will support the war fighting capability of the LCS, which will be equipped with specialised mission packages. The Mobicon will transfer and relocate these mission packages, allowing the ship to be reconfigured as and when required. The machine will transport equipment from the wharf, where the LCS is moored in to the mission bay of the ship.
According to Mobicon Systems, one of the benefits of the Mobicon for the new Navy Littoral Combat Ship is that its low wheel loads, stability, and manoeuvrability are especially useful when working with container payloads on the deck of the mission bay import and at sea.
The Mobicon has low axle loadings; the low in the world; and this is crucial for handling on the decks of ships. The LCS project is an exciting opportunity for Mobicon Systems and it looks forward to working with Bath Iron Works and the U.S Navy. An Australian designed container handler has been selected over other equipment available in the world market.
The Mobicon fills a gap in the market and it was designed for those companies that stuff or de-stuff containers. Many of these companies never had the ability to handle their own containers. The Mobicon has changed that. Once companies start using the Mobicon, they quickly realise the significant benefits that the machine brings to their operations. The repeat business that Mobicon Systems has received has been overwhelmingly positive to date, proving that clients are happy with the Mobicon as a container handling solution.
What is the Mobicon?
The Mobicon is a two-tower system, and when carrying a container, the container becomes part of the structure. Moving containers lengthwise, and being able to drive inside buildings and under low awnings gives the users a flexibility that no other container handler can give, resulting in efficient and low cost handling of containerised goods.
The Mobicon weighs only 12 tonne empty, and as the weight is evenly spread across 8 wheels, the wheel loadings are less than 6 tonne when carrying a 30 tonne container. This makes the Mobicon a lighter and safer solution than heavy vehicles.
More than 50 Mobicon’s are now successfully operating across Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. The Mobicon client portfolio is a who’s-who in the transport, materials handling and distribution industries, and includes key players like Toll Holdings, Australian Customs, Sadleirs Transport, Booth Transport, K&S Freighters, General Motors, Kagan, DMS Glass and Simon National Carriers.
The Mobicon is ideally suited for all sized companies and even smaller players that handle a minimum of 5 containers a week will reap the cost effectiveness of this machine. Mobicon clients also include smaller food, beverage and manufacturing companies, and many of the Mobicon’s are used in smaller yards and operations.