The two largest container cranes in the Baltic Sea are now in place at Sweden’s newest freight port, adapted to handle the largest vessels operating in the region.
The super post-Panamax cranes, which were built in Shanghai with electrical and control systems supplied by ABB in Sweden, have been moved to their locations at Stockholm Norvik Port.
The port will open in May and its container terminal will be run by Hutchison Ports, which is looking to take advantage of the crane capacity, the close proximity to major fairways and the range of options for onward transport by haulage vehicle, train or barge.
Johan Wallén, director of sales and marketing at Ports of Stockholm, said: “The super-post-Panamax cranes are the largest on the Swedish east coast and they are adapted to handle the largest container vessels operating in the Baltic Sea.”
The units are 120 m tall at their maximum height setting and have a lifting capacity of just over 80 tonnes. They can straddle a width of 22 containers and can serve the largest vessels in the world without any height restrictions.
They will be operated remotely from a control centre in the port’s main building, with no operator on the cranes themselves, and 80% of the lifting will be automated.