Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Handover of Container Cranes Reinforces Terminal Position as Number One in Scandinavia

New Equipment for Premier Swedish Port
Shipping News Feature
SWEDEN – Installing modern container cranes to ports around the world is not an instant process and the equipment has to be bedded in and shown to be working perfectly. After the initial installation of two ship to shore container cranes and two rail mounted gantry cranes within the Port of Gothenburg a full seven months ago, this week Liebherr Container Cranes officially handed over the equipment to APM Terminals.

The new cranes will reinforce the port's position as Scandinavia's principal and largest container facility, handling more than 50% of Sweden's container import and exports. The Port has seen a recovery of container volumes of late and, during the first six months of this year, container volumes at the Port of Gothenburg rose by 19%, from 318,000 to 378,000 TEUs. Henrik Kristensen, Managing Director APM Terminals Gothenburg AB commented.

“Gothenburg is Sweden’s most important freight hub and APM Terminals is delighted to evolve the container terminal to continue to be at the forefront of technological development. The investment in these Liebherr machines allows us to continue that journey and bring a faster and more reliable service to our customers.

The STS cranes are the largest in Scandinavia. With a safe working load of 65 tonnes, an outreach of 65 metres, a backreach of 25 metres and a span of 30.48 metres. The high-tech cranes are designed with a suite of advanced features and systems for increasing safety and productivity. These include load collision prevention, ship profiling, straddle carrier positioning systems, electronically controlled safe zones and minimal acceleration times on all drives.

The high-tech rail mounted gantry cranes have been designed to a very advanced specification and have a safe working load of 50 tonnes under spreader, a span of 30.6 metres and an outreach on both sides of 14.5 metres. Lift height over rail is 16.5 metres giving a stacking height of one over four. The cranes will handle multiple rail tracks under the span with container stacking and delivery to the horizontal transport vehicles taking place under the cantilevers. Speaking about the project, Sales and marketing manager of Liebherr Container Cranes, Gerry Bunyan said:

“Liebherr Container Cranes and APM Terminals have worked together to deliver a number of different projects. The cranes in Gothenburg and the automated Liebherr STS in Maasvlakte II have laid the groundwork to cement a partnership that continues today with a further project in Guatemala. We look forward to working with APM Terminals again in the future.”