The Monte Real Club de Yates launches an innovative electric gantry crane

Using only electricity, this system allows boats to be hoisted and pulled out of the water to be taken to their stranding point

· Greater safety, less environmental impact and a reduction in energy consumption are some of the main benefits of this innovative crane

· The new system reduces CO2 emissions by 83 percent, noise emissions by 96 percent and energy costs by 88 percent

· The project, one hundred percent Galician, was developed by engineers from the Monte Real Club de Yates (MRCYB) and Yacht Port Marinas (YPM)

A pioneer of recreational boating in Galicia since its birth fifty years ago, the Monte Real Yacht Club once again demonstrates in 2015 its potential as a forerunner of the advances that are taking place in the sector. It does so, in this case, with the commissioning of an innovative electric gantry crane for ships. It is a novel system that allows to reduce to the maximum the levels of contamination in the work of hoisting and stranding of boats.

Today, a large part of the machines that carry out this type of work in Spain use diesel for their operation, a more polluting energy source than electricity. With its new gantry crane, Monte Real will be able to reduce its environmental impact and electricity consumption, in addition to achieving greater safety at work.

The numbers speak for themselves. Compared to the club’s previous gantry crane, of the type that exists in practically all marinas in Spain, the new crane reduces CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 83 percent and noise pollution by 96 percent . It also reduces, in a very considerable way, the energy cost per manoeuvre, which is 88 percent lower.

The machine development project and its subsequent construction were piloted by engineers Miguel Riveiro, from the Baiona club, and Oscar Riera, from Yacht Port Marinas. The electric gantry crane, which has the capacity to lift boats of up to 25 tons, began operating this November at the Monte Real Club de Yates marina.

The past: too many risks of accidental contamination

Today, a large part of the cranes used in Spain to beach ships work with diesel engines and hydraulic systems, with the damage to the environment that this entails and the risks of accidental contamination that this implies.

In addition to polluting emissions into the air, this system causes significant noise, which affects the cities and beaches near the marinas. It is especially notable in areas of great tourist influx, as is the case of the Monte Real Club de Yates, located in the urban center of Baiona, in the grounds of the Parador Nacional de Baiona and between two of the busiest beaches in the municipality, Barbeira and Ribeira.

The future: commitment to the environment

The future of work carried out in marinas depends on the use of sustainable energy capable of meeting present needs without compromising future resources. In this sense, electrical energy stands out as one of the main bets, since its environmental impact is much lower than other types of energy sources.

The use of electric cranes in marinas is a clear example of the evolution that must be followed to achieve the maximum possible commitment to nature and society. This type of system minimizes the environmental impact of boat stranding work.

The innovative electric gantry crane of the Monte Real Club de Yates

The electric gantry crane of the Monte Real Club de Yates is an innovative system that is used for lifting and stranding recreational, regatta or fishing boats that need to be removed from the water for their transfer to the dry dock stranding point.

The machine works exclusively with electrical energy. Its batteries will allow it to work tirelessly even in the busiest days of the summer season and in the days before sports competitions, which is when the boats most need this service for their repairs and tune-ups.

Among its many benefits is that of drastically reducing, up to 83 percent, CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. It also reduces, to the maximum, noise pollution on beaches and cities, since the noise emission is 96 percent lower.

A crane at the service of the Baiona Fishermen’s Association

The new electric gantry crane of the Monte Real Club de Yates will serve, in addition to the users of the yacht club, the boats of the Baiona Fishermen’s Association.

It will be thanks to an agreement between both entities that has been in force since the early 1980s, through which all the boats of the group that so wish can go to the club’s facilities to be stranded in dry dock.

The collaboration between the Monte Real Club de Yates and Yacht Port Marinas (YPM)

The idea of building an electric gantry crane for the beaching of boats arose from the need to have a machine that would be capable of providing the same services that the club has offered up to now, but with a minimum environmental impact and maximum safety for the users. workers.

After that initial idea, the process was piloted by engineers Miguel Riveiro, from the Baion club, and Oscar Riera, from Yacht Port Marinas, a company specializing in nautical infrastructure based in Pazos de Borbén (Pontevedra). It is a one hundred percent Galician project.