Global Ports has installed additional cranes for handling container vessels at its two terminals in Finland, Multi-Link Terminals in Kotka and Helsinki, thereby expanding both facilities’ capacities.
A new Konecranes ship-to-shore (STS) crane has been put into operation at Multi-Link Terminals Helsinki, replacing an older model.
The new unit, which measures 40 m in boom length, 31 m in height and 70 tonnes in lifting capacity, is custom designed and developed for the facility, combining the functionality of an STS and a rail-mounted gantry (RMG) crane.
According to the operator, the design allows for the accumulation of a shipload under the crane in advance, hence increasing the speed of vessel handling and reducing overall operating costs, as it reduces the number of equipment and personnel required.
The new crane is also capable of handling vessels carrying containers 14 wide on deck.
The next stage of Multi-Link Terminals’ STS fleet upgrade will be the modernisation of the existing Liebherr crane, when the height will be increased from 21 m to 26.5 m and boom length will be increased from 30 m to 32.5 m.
The Liebherr crane upgrade is expected to be completed during October 2020. The crane upgrade programme in Helsinki has been a part of the ‘Door2Lng’ project headed by Containerships – CMA CGM and co-financed by the European Union from the Connecting Europe Facility.
Meanwhile, Multi-Link Terminals in Kotka has received two Ansaldo STS cranes relocated from Hamina port, adding to the existing STS and mobile harbour crane (MHC).
The cranes both have a capacity of 40 tonnes under the spreader and an outreach of 32 m and 38 m respectively, the latter the largest crane in Kotka by outreach.
The operation of these higher capacity cranes will allow the Kotka terminal to handle higher tonnage vessels, carrying up to 14 container rows on deck.