Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg is part of Eurogate Group, the largest terminal operator in Europe, which is making investments at Bremerhaven and Hamburg, two of its nine terminals. The new straddle carriers will replace old equipment at Hamburg but will also increase terminal capacity in response to increased demand.
The machines incorporate the latest technology on the market, including new steering and brake systems. They have a lifting capacity of 50 tonnes and can stack containers 1-over-3 high. They will be used for moving and stacking containers in the yard.
“This order is strategically important for us,” said Helmut Hemesath, director at Konecranes. “This is Konecranes’ first crane delivery to Eurogate, which is one of the biggest customers for straddle carriers, with almost 300 units in its fleet. The order is a significant reference for us and a major step in the straddle carrier market.”
Konecranes has also receive d a further order from Malta Freeport Terminals for ten rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, following an earlier order for ten RTGs in May. The agreement for the additional cranes will see deliveries commence in the second quarter of 2008. This is Konecranes’ third RTG order from Malta Freeport Terminals, and will bring the number of Konecranes RTGs in its fleet to 30.
Malta Freeport Terminals, owned by CMA CGM, is also increasing its terminal capacity, replacing existing RTGs with more productive and reliable models. The eight-wheel Konecranes RTGs are similar to the ones ordered in May, with a lifting capacity of 50 tonnes and twin-lift capabilities. They can stack 1-over-5 containers high and six plus truck lane wide.