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.
AMCS technologies installed its DCS 60 anti-collision and zoning system on a new model of Comansa crane, the 21LC1050 with a maximum load capacity of 50 tonnes. The tower crane is currently working at Högdalens värmeverk, an existing Combined Heat and Power plant located south of Stockholm and it will help to replace one of the boiler of the plant for newer technology. In addition to mobile cranes, a Liebherr 280 EC-H crane with 35m of jib and 56m hook height will assist the Comansa crane with 65m of jib and 73.3 m hook height.
Trailer manufacturer Faymonville Group, headquartered in Luxembourg, has just acquired the commercial vehicle dealer Stürzer Heavy Trucks with effect from 2 January, 2019. According to the constructor, this acquisition represents an expansion of the group’s activities in South Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The newly created Faymonville Trade & Services in Landsberg am Lech will be responsible for the sale of Faymonville, MAX Trailer and Cometto brands as well as heavy-duty tractor units from various manufacturers and different tipper models for the construction sector. All maintenance and repair services will be offered on the 2500 m2 of the Landsberg am Lech site in Bavaria. A range of used vehicles will also be offered.
Croatian concession company Bina Istra has chosen Bouygues Travaux Publics, a subsidiary of the French company Bouygues Construction, to widen to four lines a 28.1 km stretch of the Istria Motorway, located in a peninsula in north-western Croatia. Works on the first 11.6 km section between Rogovici and Cerovlje started in November 2018 and are scheduled to be completed in November 2020. The second stage, which includes the 16.5 km section from Cerovlje and Vranja, along with the construction of a rest area, will start in November 2019 for a final delivery in November 2021. The new stretch of the Istria Motorway also includes the construction of 11 viaducts. The amount for the completion of this work totals 167.1 million euros.
Beaver Bridges (UK), which offers custom bridge solutions in the UK and across Europe, has just received a new DAF XF 530 FTR from Greenhous Commercials in Shrewsbury. The truck has been used to transport bridge sections and plant on a step frame trailer to a project in Ireland.
“The DAF product is cost efficient, flexible and has a new Euro 6 engine which we had heard good thinks about. The cab comfort is also very important as our driver will be away from home for several days a week,” said Henry Beaver, Managing Director of Beaver Bridges.
Swiss rental company Interkran AG, based in Lachau, has taken delivery of its new Demag AC 100-4L all terrain crane. It was chosen for its compact design, is 2.55m wide, associated with its capabilities, including the system length of 77m. The crane was delivered by Christian Kassner, Terex Cranes Senior Sales Manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This machine will be used to erect tower cranes and as a taxi crane.
“Thanks to the AC 100-4L’s large lifting capacity and new IC-1 Plus control system, we’ll even be able to forego the use of a second crane for certain lifts,” says Tony Teixeira, General Manager of Interkran AG.
From left to right: Sandro Guiomar (Crane operator, Interkran AG) – Reis Joaquim (Crane operator, Interkran AG) – Tony Teixeira (General Manager, Interkran AG) and Christian Kassner (Senior Sales Manager, Terex Cranes)
The carrier of oversize and super heavy shipments by air Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) and Kintetsu World Express France (KWE) have recently transported an 11,000 hp Alstom motorised pump from Paris-Vatry to Damman in Saudi Arabia. The 40-ton pump, measuring 651x274x311 cm, was carried onboard of Volga-Dnepr’s An-124-100 ramp aircraft just seven days after the initial charter request was received from the customer. To ensure a seamless and intact loading process at both the departure and arrival, Volga-Dnepr’s team used loading equipment such as rail system, extension ramps, skate beams as well as mobile cranes.
“This transportation showcases the benefits of airfreight solutions over other logistics modes, as we were able to deliver this essential spare part back to Saudi Arabia faster than other transport companies. The whole delivery took 6 hours and 45 minutes whereas with sea freight transportation the customer would have waited 20+ days (…),” said Ekaterina Andrea, Deputy Commercial Director, Volga-Dnepr Airlines.
Faced with a recent increase in demand for internal airport logistics in the Middle East and Africa region, the manufacturer of heavy-duty and special transport vehicles Goldhofer has opened a new sales and service center for its Airport Technology division in collaboration with ALS Logistic Solutions on 11 December 2018 in Dubai.
In addition to its sales and service activities of its Airport Technology division, the new location also provides various services for the Transport Technology division in the region. This new sales and service center will be located in the Jumeirah Lake Towers in Dubai City.
To cope with its rapid growth in South Africa and neighbouring countries, the Dutch group Magna Tyres has announced the opening of a new regional office in South Africa. “The new Magna Tyres office will play an important role in enhancing the Magna Tyres brand image and strengthen our commitment to all customers in the region,” said Michael de Ruijter, CEO of Magna Tyres.
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.