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Biggest-ever tin ore loader arrives in Singapore

Bukit Ibam Mine in History

The Straits Times 19 April 1967

Singapore, Tues. A 60-ton ore loader, the biggest of its kind ever imported into South East Asia, was unloaded from the American freighter President Jackson in the Singapore outer roads this morning.

Minutes later, it began a 40-hour ride on board a lighter for one of Malaysia’s biggest tin mines at Rompin, Pahang.

The loader is capable of 45 tons per lift and fits various-sized buckets.

Despite its massive size, it can travel at a speed of 15 m.p.h. and can negotiate the most difficult of terrain.

A product of the International Harvester Export Co., of America, it was imported for the mine by United Engineers Ltd.

A spokesman for American President Lines said that he loader was taken off the ship by the ship’s own heavy lift boom, which can handle weights up to 65 tons.

PNH Shovel (contribution of Vignesh Baskaran)

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