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Gripping 1200 tons per hour

SHV was founded as a wholesaler in coal in 1896. In the early twentieth century, the company innovated the coal industry by building the first mechanical coal transporter as well as an elevator coal transporter with a – for 1907 revolutionary – capacity of 1200 tons per hour. The key element in the design were special “grippers” (buckets), which could handle bigger chunks of coal. This equipment meant that it was now possible to bunker a ship in one day, a task which took competitors at least four days. With this innovation SHV was, and remained for many years, a frontrunner in this field.

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