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'Antwerp Gateway' orders Kalmar STS cranes

Consortium of P&O Ports Antwerp, P&O Nedlloyd and Duisport orders six Kalmar STS cranes for Deurganckdok.

Kalmar has received an order for six (plus three options) super post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes from a consortium led by P&O Ports Antwerp for the new Antwerp Gateway terminal at the Deurganckdok on the Schelde left bank. With an outreach of 55 metres, these high-speed, heavy-duty cranes will be capable of handling ships over 20 containers wide.

With a total quay length of 2,500 metres on which ultimately 26 ship-to-shore cranes are projected, this terminal will have a capacity of 3.5 million TEU on its completion.

Kees Derks, Sales Manager, Kalmar Ship-to-Shore Cranes, comments on the recent order:

“We are delighted that a world-class player in container handling, P&O Ports, has decided to continue purchasing ship-to-shore cranes from Kalmar. This latest order, which will bring to 33 the number of Kalmar cranes in operation in the port of Antwerp, pays testament to the calibre of our engineering.

“Worth mentioning is that these cranes will be prepared for future tandem lift handling, a new development successfully tested whereby two 40 foot containers are lifted simultaneously, side by side

“Kalmar cranes have proven to be reliable, low-maintenance workhorses. Their exceptional quality and efficiency, combined with Kalmar reputation for delivering quickly and within agreed time frames, helped swing this latest order in Kalmar favour.

The cranes will be fitted with Bromma spreaders and will be handed over in two batches, in June and in August 2005.

The super post-Panamax cranes to be delivered to Antwerp Gateway will incorporate Kalmar latest ship-to-shore crane technology and design, successfully introduced at Uniport Rotterdam, the Port of Rouen and presently under construction for MSC Home Terminal, Antwerp.

The main parameters of the 6 (+3 optional) ship-to-shore cranes are:

Safe working load on the ropes / under spreader 82/65 tonnes (twinlift)
Safe working load on the ropes / under spreader 95/70 tonnes (tandem lift)
Outreach55metres
Railspan30,48metres
Backreach20 metres
Hoisting height37metres
Hoisting depth22metres
Hoisting speed rated load / empty spreader75/150 metres / minute
Trolley travelling speed40metres / minute
Gantry travelling speed50metres / minute

The merits of Kalmar latest ship-to-shore crane design are, in a nutshell:

 Extremely stiff crane structure by the use of a double box girder and the so-called delta forestay which provides continuous support over the greatest length of the boom.

 Designed for eccentric loads, which applies when handling twin lift.

 Simplified rope support system, offering a longer rope lifetime and allowing the use of ‘normal ropes’.

 Full rope trolley for maximum speed and acceleration and safe performance
during the most harsh weather conditions (no risk of wheels slipping during rain or on ice.)

 Minimal maintenance with all components under one roof, allowing inspection and maintenance without interruption of terminal operations.

Notes to editors:

Press information can be found on Kalmar website www.kalmarind.com. Simply click on News Room to be taken to a list of recent press releases or on Press Pictures to be taken to the Kalmar photo gallery. There are three photos available for this release. Captions for the photographs read:

“An artist 3D impression of the six Kalmar ship-to-shore cranes ordered by Antwerp Gateway.

“Tandem lift operation: handling of two 40 foot containers simultaneously (Courtesy of Bromma Conquip AB).

“Celebrating the award of the contract for six + three new Kalmar STS cranes are (pictured from left to right): Kees Derks; Sales Manager Kalmar Industries, Juhani Lukumaa; President Kalmar Container Handling, Bruno De Jonghe; Director Projects P&O Ports Europe, Piet Wauters; Director Technical Services P&O Ports Belgium, Rene Kleiss; Vice President Ship to Shore Cranes Kalmar Industries.

Kalmar is a global provider of heavy duty materials handling equipment and services to ports, intermodal traffic, terminals and demanding industrial customers. Kalmar focuses on supplying handling solutions that enable customers to operate with a high level of efficiency and reliability. Every fourth container or trailer transfer at terminals around the world is handled by a Kalmar machine.

Kalmar provides a large range of value added services such as maintenance contracts and fleet management. Manufacturing plants are situated in Sweden (as is the head office), in Finland, the Netherlands, Estonia, Malaysia, China and the USA.

For further information:
Kees Derks, Sales Manager STS
Aija Kalander Communications manager

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