This order involves the delivery of 6 forklifts of varying specifications, including one fully electric model. A Kalmar Complete Care service contract for all the machines has also been added to the order. The delivery is scheduled to be fully completed in the fourth quarter of this year. The largest multipurpose terminal in Europe, the Antwerp Euroterminal NV (AET) is already home to a fleet of nearly 20 Kalmar forklifts with lifting capacities ranging from 12 and 37 tons.
West Africa Container Terminal (WACT), located in Onne Port, has invested in two new Liebherr LHM 550 Mobile Harbor Cranes (MHCs) in response to continued volume growth in the Eastern Nigerian market. The new harbor cranes are due for deployment in July this year and will further boost the efficiency and cargo handling operation of the terminal, improving service delivery and reducing vessel waiting time.
This is in addition to an investment of approximately USD2.5 million in 10 purpose-built terminal trucks, three reach stackers and an empty container handler, as well as terminal infrastructure and manpower development.
“This latest investment in mobile harbour cranes will help us achieve our objectives and reach our goals. Growth in volume over the last two years have highlighted various infrastructure challenges and we are working with key stakeholders to address them. This is expected to bring a lot more opportunities to us and our customers and grow our businesses,” said Aamir Mirza, Managing Director.
An overall terminal infrastructure upgrade project is expected to commence in 2020. WACT is proactively engaging the Nigeria Port Authority, Oil & Gas Free Zone and other government entities to ensure Onne Port is ready for the future growth opportunities.
On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, the 2,000th Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane was inaugurated in a formal ceremony at the Ership terminal in the Mediterranean port of Cartagena in southeastern Spain.
This crane is the new eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 mobile harbor crane, in the G HMK 6407 B four-rope variant and will be used mainly for continuous-duty bulk handling, and also for general and project cargo up to 100 tons.
Gonzalo Alvargonzàlez, CEO of Ership said: “These are very reliable cranes. They are very high-performance and extremely solid. That helps us to serve our customers, who expect their cargo to be unloaded quickly. Time is very important factor in our work. So, the faster a ship is unloaded, being careful with the cargo, the better.”
“Our mobile harbor cranes offer added value for customers and the port industry,” says Heribert Barlage, Senior Vice President for Konecranes Mobile Harbor Cranes. “The 2,000th crane is a sign of our commitment to both. But just like every other important milestone we reach, this one is also an incentive for us to constantly develop our cranes and in so doing, make them fit for the future.”
In Maputo, capital of Mozambique, the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) invested in two new Liebherr mobile harbour cranes type LHM 550 in addition to the existing two LHM 550s bought in 2015.
The remarkable growth of the Port of Maputo and its activities in recent years and the increasing demand from its customers have been the key drivers in the choice. Thanks to its high capacity and fast movements, the LHM 550 will be used for bulk material handling like ferrochrome, which is one of the main products being handled at Maputo Ports.
The investment in equipment also includes the training of several operators and technicians for the handling and maintenance of the new machines.
“In addition to the two mobile harbour cranes, we have recently acquired 14 payloads, 8 tractors, 8 forklifts and 2 rail excavators (for wagon unloading operations). This investment is in line with the need to improve the berth usage and the rehabilitation and deepening works that are place at the moment,” said Chief Operations Officer, Marla Calado.
Hyster Europe has launched a brand new top lift laden container handler. The new Hyster H40-52XM-16CH series is available with either gantry style carriage or a dedicated carriage, both are equipped with full CANbus control and automatic locking twist locks. The spreader mounted underneath the gantry carriage is connected with four hangers and is available with mechanical pile slope or powered pile slope. Thanks to the powered pile slope, the spreader adapts better to containers on trailers or on uneven ground surfaces. The gantry carriage also allows a large side shift of 400 mm. The dedicated carriage option, an innovation created by Hyster, consists of a spreader mounted on the upper side. Its reduced weight compared to the gantry carriage reduces the front axle loading by approximately 7%. This helps to reduce tyre wear and therefore operating costs.
Designed for port applications, the small footprint of the Hyster H40-52XM-16CH series and its reduced turning radius allows for significant acceleration of container handling operations. In addition, its fuel tank with increased capacity reduces refuelling intervals and downtime. The new container handler stacks up to 6-high and makes first row handling faster in container block stacking applications and when shuttling containers.
“One of the key challenges for ports and terminals continues to be achieving efficiency in the face of growing demand,” explains Chris van Werdt, Product Strategy Manager EMEA Big Trucks of Hyster Europe. “This can be achieved through increased productivity and lowering operating costs, which the new Hyster Laden Container Handler is designed to deliver.”
The French manufacturer Gaussin Manugistique and its fully autonomous and electric AGV Performance 65t vehicle has been selected by the Singapore port operator to equip its future extension. A first order, consisting of 86 AGV Performance vehicles has been received by Gaussin’s Singapore partner: ST Engineering Land System.
The port extension project, called Tuas Megaport, aims to double the infrastructure capacity of the Port of Singapore. A total of 2000 AVG will be needed for the first phase of the project.
Hyster Europe is currently developing a zero-emission reachstacker featuring a hydrogen fuel cell for the port of Valencia, as part of the European Horizon 2020 programme and H2Ports project.
“An on-board Hydrogen fuel cell will charge the battery on the forthcoming fully electric Hyster Reachstacker,” said Jan Willem van den Brand, Director Big Truck Product Strategy and Solutions at Hyster Europe. “As the first of its kind, we expect the new Hyster Reachstacker will be able to support continuous operations while providing zero emissions and achieving comparable full shift performance to a conventional IC reachstacker,” he added.
According to Hyster Europe noise levels will be low, and users can expect a reduction in energy costs. The company also expects reduced vehicle maintenance costs thanks to the elimination of the engine, transmission and other mechanical-driven components.
“Achieving zero emissions for container handling equipment at seaports is a substantial challenge.The highly demanding and varied duty cycles in these intense operations make battery recharging time a critical factor. These and other technical limitations have obstructed the electrification of container handlers or large lift trucks until now,” concluded van den Brand.
The new reachstacker is expected to enter operation in 2021 at the MSC Terminal Valencia (MSCTV) in Spain, where it will undergo thorough testing handling laden shipping containers alongside several existing reachstackers.
Kalmar has extended its collaboration with the global terminal operator DP World by placing a new order for 33 terminal tractors, three empty container handlers, three reach stackers and one forklift. The new fleet of Kalmar mobile equipment will serve DP World’s port at Posorja, the first deep-water port in Ecuador that is currently in its first phase of development. Once complete the terminal will feature a 480-metre berth and have an annual capacity of 750,000 TEU.
The new Kalmar mobile equipment will also be connected to the Kalmar Insight performance management and optimisation tool, which will provide personnel at DP World Posorja with a real-time view of the terminal’s productivity and performance.
The order delivery is scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2019.
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.