TRP which is owned and managed by DP World is planning to receive larger container vessels to increase terminal capacity to 800,000 teu. As a result of the significant increase in vessel width, the two existing ZPMC quay cranes need to be adapted to extend reach capacity from 45 to 51 m.
The project was booked in Cargotec’s 2013 first quarter order intake and the Kalmar engineering team has already begun detailed engineering plans to achieve the commissioning of the two cranes before year end.
“Boom extension is one of Kalmar’s focus products and we are currently working with many similar inquiries globally, as result of the continuous increasing size of container vessels,” said Marcelo Massa, managing director of Kalmar Argentina.
“Upgrading a crane is a very attractive proposition to many operators as it provides a relatively fast and cost-effective solution to their challenges. Typically, the crane is moved out of the operational area to a separate construction site where the boom is taken down. Extension of the boom is then undertaken at ground level and then re-assembly takes place, including other mechanical and electrical modifications necessary for the crane to operate in extended conditions,” Massa added.