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Kalmar completes refurbishment of a mobile harbour crane for CAPSA in Spain in five weeks



Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has completed the refurbishment of a mobile harbour crane for Compañía del Puerto S.A. (CAPSA) in Spain. The work started in May 2014 and was completed in just five weeks, creating minimum disruption in the terminal operations.

The crane, originally manufactured by Gottwald, is located in La Palma, Canary Islands. An urgent repair was needed because the main bearing of the only crane at the terminal was seriously damaged.

CAPSA is part of Grup TCB, a global terminal operator with 10 terminals and presence in six countries (Spain, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala). In addition to La Palma terminal, CAPSA operates Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a busy merchandise traffic hub between Europe and Americas.

The scope of works included replacement of main bearing, refurbishment of the cabin, as well as painting the boom and base structure. In addition, Kalmar designed a new bolted pulley structure to replace the old fixed solution. The replacement included engineering, manufacture and assembly of the new attachment axes and upper pulley system. The design itself included calculations, drawings and work instructions focusing on keeping the crane certification. A special structural support and hydraulic pump and cylinders were used to elevate and hold the crane up.

"Kalmar was chosen for the project based on their professionalism," explains David Asensio, Project Manager at Grup TCB. "We have had good experience with them earlier. In this project, we are especially satisfied with the redesign and replacement of the pulley structure because in the future it will be easier and faster to replace the pulleys."

"We are happy that we were able to help our customer to return a critical element of their terminal into operations quickly," says Eduardo Prat, Vice President, EMEA South, Kalmar. "This project showcases our unique capability to support any brand of cargo handling crane as well as Kalmar's versatile competence."

Further information for the press:

Eduardo Prat, Vice President Kalmar South EMEA, tel. +34 609 02 95 00,

Maija Eklöf, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Kalmar, tel. +358 20 777 4096,

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's sales totalled EUR 3.2 billion in 2013 and it employs approximately 11,000 people. Cargotec's class B shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki under symbol CGCBV.


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