Custom-made cabin for backhoe dredger Manu Pekka
In 2014, Merford supplied a cabin to Boskalis for its Manu Pekka dredger. In 2014 and 2015, a new backhoe dredger was installed on the ship and Merford was asked to develop an operator cabin for this crane. This type of crane is normally used in the mining sector. Therefore, a standard cabin was not an option. Merford produced a cabin that improves the crane’s dredging performance and also equipped the cabin with several useful extras.
The Manu Pekka is a so-called backhoe dredger. This type is the largest dredging machine in existence. The crane’s total weight exceeds 100 tonnes and its design is based on a hydraulic excavator used in the mining sector. The Manu Pekka is one of the largest backhoes in the world and achieves high excavation accuracy. This sea workhorse is in fact a pontoon, equipped with three spuds to solidly anchor the ship. At the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, the Manu Pekka was brought into a yard in Sliedrecht. The installation of a new crane on the pontoon was the most important work to be done. The new crane will carry out its first job in February 2015.
Heavy Duty Seat
The roomy operator cabin is custom made and is fitted with various features that make it a unique cabin. For example, the front window has an anti-reflective coating and the front and side windows have windshield wipers. The operator has a heavy duty seat; an operator seat capable of absorbing major shocks making it especially suitable for the dredging industry. The seat is electrically controlled and can rotate 45 degrees to either side. It can also be put into a special position making it easy for the operator to get in and out of the seat.
Later in 2015, a second operator cabin identical to the last, was ordered for another backhoe dredger of Boskalis. This cabin was finished in July 2015, to be mounted on the backhoe later in the year.