Konecranes has agreed to perform all of the maintenance and repair work on more than 150 straddle carriers for MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET).
The work will be performed by the Finnish manufacturer’s Antwerp-based service organisation on the machines, which are Konecranes Noell-branded.
The aim of this agreement is to achieve consistently high availability of the entire machine fleet.
Randy Verresen, manager of rolling equipment at Antwerp Terminal Services, which services PSA Antwerp and MPET, explained: “Last year, we exceeded the 10m teu mark for the first time, which led to an increasing need for new machines.
“As a result, our fleet of Konecranes Noell Straddle Carriers has expanded by almost 100 machines in the past 12 months. To keep the availability of the straddle carriers as high as possible, we are now entrusting the service work on the machines to their manufacturer Konecranes.”
As part of the service agreement, 16 service experts will be added to the on-site team, already comprised of 18 technicians.
Tom Cerpentier, regional director of port services at Konecranes, said that the company wants to offer “service around the clock, with as little equipment down-time as possible.”
Various facilities in the Port of Antwerp already use mobile habour cranes (MHCs), automated stacking cranes (ASCs) and lift trucks made by Konecranes.