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Kalmar to heighten straddle carriers at Eurogate Hamburg

Kalmar to heighten straddle carriers at Eurogate Hamburg

Kalmar has concluded an agreement to heighten nine straddle carriers at Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg, increasing the stacking capacity of the container yard.

The facility offers road, rail and feeder connections to the economic centres of Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.

Its equipment fleet features Kalmar ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and straddle carriers, including the nine diesel-electric units which will be heightened from three to four high.

Bob van Kampen, director of crane upgrades, EMEA North at Kalmar, said: “The end result will be safe, fully certified machines that will enable Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg to address their need for greater stacking capacity in the yard.”

The heightening process will involve lifting the upper part of the straddle carrier structure and attaching it to new extended legs as well as modifying the stairs and platforms to accommodate the extended height.

The electrical cabling and hydraulic tubes will also be renewed prior to commissioning and testing before finally returning the straddle carriers to operation.

The order was booked in Cargotec’s Q4 2019 order intake, with the work scheduled to commence in Q1 2020 and be completed by the beginning of Q3.