Archive for 2010/09/13

Handover of the crane

These shots I made at the handover ceremony of the “Mulch-Crane” which now is called “Kulturkran” = culture-crane.

Four years ago, Hanne-Lore Mulch, now 80 years old, the senior partner of the firm Mulch, the Kulturwerkstatt Harburg had given a terminal cranes – as proof that Harburg had a proper industrial port. Some of the recent industrial history had also written the company Mulch. In 1889, was operated in the river by the company Knust a coal trader. From 1926, William Mulch participated on the Harburg Kohlenhof Knust and Johannsen – soon the company was called Harburg Kohlenhof Wilhelm Mulch.

In 1954 the company bought the first truck-mounted crane. In the fifties, then, several tankers were purchased and delivered oil for users of oil heating systems. At that time the slogan for the fuel oil advertising: “Mulch is forever!”

1968 was the first Umschlagskran and 1972, already the second – the yellow Mulch crane that is now renovated. When the natural gas as the fuel oil heating strongly repressed, the company put emphasis on handling, storage and forwarding. Many large ships have been unloaded from Mulch – in layers until late into the night. The company Mulch is no longer active and is in the process.

Since 1972 was the gantry crane from Liebherr – the 30 meter high “mulch-crane” with a radius of 22 meters – on Lotsekai on the castle. By 2006 he was one of the company mulch. The crane barges were emptied and filled wagons and trucks with construction materials and raw materials for the food industry. After the company had left the Harburg’s inland port,  Mulch donated the crane to the the Kulturwerkstatt Harburg. Since 2007 it is a listed building and since August 2009 it was led by retired Kranbaumeisters  Roland Remstädt, renovated from Fred Beck. With the help of one-euro jobbers, all crane parts primed and painted with special yellow color. “We have worked through in the winter,” says crane expert Remstädt, “that was sometimes quite difficult in the cold.” Roland Remstädt has in his life more than 300 cranes set up across Europe and hundreds of serviced and repaired.

110 000 €  cost the renovation work on the mulch crane.  Supplied by an emergency generator, the crane would be functional. “What is lacking is a connection to a transformer station”, says Roland Remstädt. The problem: Such a connection will cost just about 70 000 €.

… I was so amazed about the illumination. Here some photos…