Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will supply a complete AutoRTG system to Belfast Container Terminal (BCT) in Northern Ireland following and order booked in the fourth quater of 2018. The system will include eight automated rubber-tyred gantry cranes (AutoRTGs) controlled by the Kalmar Terminal Logistic System (TLS) and new-generation remote control (RC) desks.
The cranes at BCT will operate fully automated within the container stack, receiving orders from the Kalmar TLS which performs planning, routing and execution for all operations based on orders from the terminal operating system (TOS). Crane gantry operation will be automated with supervision from the operator at the RC desk in the control room. Truck handling will be remote controlled, and the system will feature a truck positioning system to ensure accurate alignment of trucks under the RTGs. Kalmar will be responsible for the integrations between the TLS, the TOS and other relevant systems.
The delivery of the system is scheduled to begin at the end of 2019.
Turkey’s newest port operator, Atakaş Liman İşletmeciliği Ve Tic. A.Ş. (Atakas Port Business), has recently ordered a Model 7 portal harbor crane, making it the third Konecranes Gottwald crane purchased within the past year. The Model 7 portal harbour crane is a four-rope G HSK 7528 B crane with lifting capacities of up to 125 t, a 50-t grab curve for mechanical grab operation and has an outreach of up to 54 m. The crane’s portal has a clearance of 6 m with the track gauge measuring 14 m. To compensate for the different rail loadings due to the crane offset in relation to its portal, the bogies on the quay side are fitted with eight wheels each and on the land side with six. The Model 7 portal harbor crane was ordered in the third quarter of 2018 and will be put into operation from mid-2019. The crane will work in Iskenderun on Turkey’s southeastern coast, mainly handling bulk and later serving large container vessels.
“Our aim is to provide the greatest benefits to the Mediterranean, Central Anatolia and Southeastern Anatolia regions. To meet our goals, we have chosen reliable and high-performance Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour crane technology once again. We started our operations with two flexible rubber-tired cranes to handle various types of cargo, but now we need rail-mounted cranes for continuous-duty bulk handling,” said Vedat Ohri, General Manager of Atakas Port.
DP World has created a joint venture with the industrial engineering specialists SMS group with the aim to improve containers handling in ports. Originally developed by AMOVA, a subsidiary of the SMS group, this new high bay storage system continuously processes metal coils weighing up to 50 t in racks as high as 50 m. Instead of stacking containers directly on top of each other, which has been global standard practice for decades, the system places each container in an individual rack comportent. The containers are stored in an eleven-story rack, doubling its capacity compared to a conventional container terminal. This new system will be used for the first time at Jebel Ali Terminal 4, just in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 world fair.
Euroports Germany has recently taken a delivery of the first out of two Liebherr LHM 550 in order to increase the turnover at the multipurpose terminal in the Port of Rostock, Germany. Both cranes come in a two-rope configuration with a maximum lifting capacity of up to 144 tonnes and a maximum outreach of 54 metres. The difficult conditions at the Euroports pier were a challenge in the configuration process. Liebherr has found a custom-made solution with specially adapted double supporting pads in order to comply with the prescribed ground pressures.
Ordered in 2018, one of the two cranes was shipped fully assembled in mid-December from the Liebherr plant to the 500 metres distant pier of Euroports. The machines will be used for different applications like project cargo, bulk and containers.
The Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT / HTT) and the Port of Hamburg operating company, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft (HHLA), have set up a joint venture. This new structure will focus on integrating the latest innovations in container transport with Hyperloop technology for the port of Hamburg, one of the largest ports in Europe. The goal for the joint venture is to develop and commercialize a new Hyperloop transport system for operations in seaports as well as for domestic transport. A first study will be launched on the connection of a freight system by Hyperloop to connect the HHLA container terminal to the inland container parks. This will strengthen the port’s capacity by reducing congestion in the port area and the city and lowering the port’s carbon footprint. The construction of a transhipment station for testing at the HHLA terminal in Hamburg, including a first 100 meter freight line as well as a special cargo capsule and loading dock, should follow very fast.
Since two years and a half, the French subsidiary of the Vernazza Autogru company is using a Terex RT 90 rough terrain crane in the construction jobsite of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in Cadarache. This machine has a 86t lifting capacity and its boom has a maximum reach of 47m. Its quick installation in 20 minutes and its great reliability have been very important points to chose this crane. “(…) The RT 90 with its width of only 3m is the most compact crane of this type on the market. This, too, made it our first choice for this construction site. It also has the intuitive IC-1 control system, which ensures precise crane movements, and has an innovative diagnostic function,” explained Paolo Delfino, General Director of Vernazza Autogru France. On this job site, the RT 90 has been requested to lift until 60t with a reach between 12 and 35m.
Few days ago, during a groundbreaking ceremony organized in Somaliland, the first phase of the building of the Berbera port’s expansion has begun. It has been officially launched by the President of the Republic of Somaliland Muse Bihi Adi and the DP World Group CEO, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem. This step will gather a 400m quay, 250 000 square meters of expansion and a free zone dedicated to create a new regional trading hub. To carry out this construction, DP World Berbera chose its partner Shafa Al Nadha Contracting, which have been involved in the Port of Dakar expansion in Senegal as well as the Port of Maputo expansion in Mozambique.
Photo: Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World Group
The fleet of the New-Zealander rental crane company Tower Cranes NZ has recently enhanced with a new Demag AC 130-5 all terrain crane. This versatile machine with five axle lines has a 130t capacity with a 60m main boom (86,5m of maximum length). The Demag AC 130-5 is configured to be transported and operated efficiently while offering a great handling on job sites. Tower Cranes NZ teams paid tribute to the capacity of the Demag AC 130-5 to work in confined spaces thanks to the IC-1 Plus control system as well as to its flexible and complete transmission.
In August, the Vinci group subsidiary Sogea-Satom began working on the construction of a drinking water treatment facility in Katosi, near capital Kampala in Uganda. It includes designing and building a facility which will treat 160 000 cubic meters per day.
Granted by the National Water & Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), this jobsite follows sewerage works DN 1400 on 10 km, downstream of this new facility, which has begun in September 2017. These pipes transport the treated water from the facility located in Katosi up to Kampala. Actually mainly powered by the water treatment facility Gbaba, Kampala will count on twice more drinking water at the end of the works.
Over 14,000 Bolloré Transport & Logistics employees across 95 countries participated in the 3rd edition of Marathon Day, which took place on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Since its creation in 2016 by Cyrille Bolloré, CEO of Bolloré Transport & Logistics, this event has brought together employees from across the world to raise funds for charities. The Group has chosen to donate the SOS Children’s Villages organisation, which supports children whose family situations have forced them to be housed elsewhere and it allows siblings to grow up together in a family-like environment. The organisation also develops programmes to promote access to education, professional training and healthcare. “I would like to thank each of our employees for participating in this event and for coming out in large numbers to represent Bolloré Transports & Logistics,” said Cyrille Bolloré.