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The Port of Hamburg biggest container terminal operator, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), has turned to Kalmar to supply three more crane blocks with its automatic stacking crane (ASC) system and related technology for the second phase in the conversion of HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) to a semi-automated operation. The new order is in addition to the first five yard stacking blocks currently being commissioned by Kalmar. Delivery of this second order for nine cranes, along with their automation and control systems, will commence in 2008.

The total number of ASCs operating at CTB will reach 24 units in 2009. The contract includes an option for an additional 63 ASCs.

Christian Blauert, Managing Director of CTB, comments on the latest order:

The second phase of expansion emphasises the commitment of both parties to roll-out the conversion of the terminal as soon as possible. We chose to cooperate with Kalmar because of its combined knowledge as a crane supplier and system integrator. The company commitment to this project is evident in its extensive testing of the system and technology as the first lot of cranes is being assembled and erected on site.

A revolutionary terminal
HHLA aims to double CTB capacity from 2.6m to 5.2m TEU by re-engineering the operation and converting the main part of the conventional straddle carrier container storage area to an ASC system by the year 2015. HHLA also expects to improve productivity significantly. During the conversion process, all existing terminal operations will continue uninterrupted as capacity gradually increases.

By 2015 CTB will be operated as a block system, with 29 yard blocks stacking ten containers wide, five high and 44 TEU (330m) long. Each block will employ two smaller ASCs capable of travelling over the ten-wide, five-high stacking blocks, and one wider and higher ASC capable of passing over the smaller cranes.

From the quayside, containers are to be transported by straddle carriers to a buffer area, where they will be collected by the ASCs. Outgoing containers will also be handled through the buffer area via the same system.

On the landward side of the block, the ASCs will either perform loading and unloading of road trucks, operated through a remote control system by terminal control room staff, or handle containers automatically in a straddle carrier buffer lane.

Kalmar places strong emphasis on automation development through its business unit, Intelligence & Automation, which focuses on the marketing and development of onboard smart features for container handling equipment, integrated automation systems and on-line remote maintenance products and services.

Notes to editor:
Press information can be found on Kalmar website: Simply click on News Room to be taken to a list of recent press releases. Photographs to accompany this press release are also available on the Kalmar website, by clicking on Press Pictures. The caption for the photographs reads:

“HHLA has entered phase two of the semi-automation of Container Terminal Buchardkai, Hamburg, with an order for a further nine ASCs and related technology from Kalmar.

Kalmar is a global provider of container and heavy duty materials handling equipment, automation applications and related services. It is the world leading supplier of cargo handling equipment to ports, terminals and intermodal facilities. Every fourth container or trailer transfer at terminals around the world is handled by a Kalmar machine. The company also supplies a wide range of machines to demanding industrial customers for applications as diverse as handling steel and paper to shunting road trailers at distribution hubs.

Kalmar is also leading the way in port automation applications with its application of unmanned container handling technology, on-board smart features and remote maintenance products developed in co-operation with customers and partners.

Kalmar product range is complemented by a large range of value added services such as maintenance contracts and fleet management. Production plants are situated in Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, China and the USA. Kalmar net sales were EUR 1.2 billion in 2006.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec Corporation, the world leading provider of cargo handling solutions, which are used in local transportation, terminals, ports, distribution centres, and ships. In 2006 Cargotec net sales were EUR 2.6 billion. Cargotec class B shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

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