Kalmar Delivers Cranes to Uniport

Tuesday, December 10, 2002
Kalmar Industries has delivered two super post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes to Uniport for its Waalhaven Pier 7 facility in the Port of Rotterdam. Initial operations have already seen the cranes achieving impressive handling rates including one four-hour shift where the production rate was 45 containers per crane per hour. The Uniport cranes have been built according to Kalmar’s modular concept: one basic crane design that can be adapted to suit the needs of many different operators. Not only can height and outreach be varied to suit individual terminals’ needs but so can speed, levels of automation and a host of other features. After looking at probable future developments in the Port of Rotterdam and in container handling in general, Uniport asked Kalmar to incorporate features into the design which really tested the degree of flexibility available within the concept. However, the design team at Kalmar were up to the task, explained Kees Derks, Sales Manager STS Cranes: “Pier 7 was originally built to handle bulk cargoes and the distance between the crane rails is a massive 70m. That wasn’t a problem but Uniport explained that it may, at some time in the future, want to move these cranes to a new terminal in Rotterdam’s future Maasvlakte where the crane rails are a more usual 100ft (30.48m) apart. Our design engineers were able to incorporate features that will allow the cranes to be easily modified should they need to be relocated. “Uniport has also been watching spreader manufacturers’ development of so-called tandem-lift spreaders, capable of lifting two 40ft/45ft containers simultaneously. It expects to buy such spreaders when they are available and are shown to be reliable. Consequently, it asked for a lift capacity of 80 tonnes under the spreader (or 100 tonnes on the ropes), again something that is incorporated within our modular design concept.” With an outreach of 53.5m, the Uniport cranes are able to handle post-Panamax vessels carrying containers up to 20 abreast. Currently, the largest vessels handled at Pier 7 are around 5500TEU and carry containers 16 wide but Uniport does expect to be handling larger vessels in the future, especially if the move to the Maasvlakte takes place. The two cranes are currently fitted with twin-lift Bromma spreaders and can achieve a maximum hoisting/lowering speed of 40 m/min at 55 tonnes, 120 m/min at 20 tonnes. The maximum trolley speed is 210 m/min.
Maritime Reporter November 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Madsen to Chair Norway’s Research Council Executive Board

Henrik O. Madsen appointed chairman of the executive board of the Research Council of Norway   DNV GL president and CEO Henrik O. Madsen was appointed as chairman

Port of Houston Expecting Record Year

The Port of Houston Authority is expecting 2014 to close as a banner year for the port, with 34 million tons of cargo handled through November, Executive Director

Hapag-Lloyd Completes CSAV Merger Capital Increase

Hapag-Lloyd completed the planned capital increase of EUR 370 million (approximately $452.5 million) as part of the business combination with the Chilean shipping

Ports

Port Workers in Argentine Grain Hub End Strike

Port workers in part of the Argentine grains hub of Rosario lifted a work stoppage on Friday, only a day after they went on strike over demands for higher year-end bonuses, a union official said.

Port of Houston Expecting Record Year

The Port of Houston Authority is expecting 2014 to close as a banner year for the port, with 34 million tons of cargo handled through November, Executive Director

Costa Rica Approves APM Terminals Project

Port operator APM Terminals, a unit of Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, said on Friday Costa Rica's environment agency had approved the construction of its Moin Container Terminal project.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Pipelines Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2117 sec (5 req/sec)