Since 2011 Cargotec has invested approximately EUR 35m (US$45.2m) in the construction of the Centre at which Kalmar focuses on the development of energy-efficient, safe and intelligent machinery and automation solutions. “The functioning of ports is simulated in the laboratory and testing range, based on real data provided by our customers. In this respect, the Centre is unique in the world,” said Mika Vehviläinen, President and CEO of Cargotec.
The Centre, which is said to be one of the most energy-efficient office buildings in Finland was awarded the international BREEAM environmental certificate in March this year.
Reaching new heights
In other Kalmar news, the company reports that it has just completed the heightening of six quay cranes at MSC Home Terminal, the largest container terminal in Belgium’s Port of Antwerp.
The project which makes possible the handling of larger container vessels, involved increasing the hoisting height of all the quay cranes from 38 m to 42 m above quay level. All modifications were completed within a 12 month time frame with the sixth crane being re-commissioned in March 2013.
The technique involved jacking the crane and inserting a heightening construction just below the gross girders. In order to maintain the rigidity or stiffness, the sill beam was strengthened and bracers were installed at the waterside portal frame. This process enabled the crane height to be increased by 4 m.
The project also included the extension of the personnel lift and staircase, partial renewal of the electrical wiring and software modifications. Essential maintenance work to the cranes was also undertaken to minimise production downtime.
Disturbance to quayside operations was minimised as the cranes were transported by self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT) to a designated construction site. Once modified, the cranes were then transported back to their original position on the quay.