Finnish manufacturer Kalmar has announced that it will upgrade eight ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at MSC Terminal VLC at the Port of Valencia, Spain, as the port gears up to accommodate larger vessels in anticipation of growth in container traffic.
The company, part of Cargotec, will extend the boom on all the cranes by 6 m and heighten six of the cranes by 10 m, thus increasing the terminal’s capacity to serve ships carrying up to 19,000 teu, a 16% increase from the current maximum vessel size of 16,000 teu.
The contract for the upgrade of Paceco cranes at the terminal, which is operated by the shipping line and port operator Terminal Investment Limited SA (TIL), has been signed into Cargotec’s 2015 third quarter intake, with all the cranes scheduled to be operational by mid-2017.
José Ignacio Fernández, head of Crane Upgrades for Kalmar in South Europe, Middle-East and Asia, said: “Upgrading an existing crane’s handling capabilities provides a cost-effective solution for ports and terminals looking to quickly gear up for the continued increases in vessel size.”
The Port of Valencia ranked 32nd in the 2015 issue of CM’s World Top Container Ports, having handled 4.4m teu in 2014.