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Thursday, 28 August 2014

HHLA inaugrates five gantry cranes at €85m CTB berth 5/6

German logistics and transportation company Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) has inaugurated berth 5/6 at its Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) in the Port of Hamburg. The €85.5 million berth is 595 metres long and adds five gantry cranes, bringing the total number capable of handling mega-ships at CTB’s port of Waltershof to 15.

The new berth is equipped with five modern tandem container gantry cranes from Chinese manufacturer ZPMC, which are designed for container ships with 24 transverse container rows. The cranes are therefore capable of handling the latest generation of mega-ships with capacity of 18,000 standard containers (TEU).

“The increase in handling capacity helps us to manage the peak loads caused by the ever-growing number of increasingly larger ships. Our customers can therefore also even better keep the container mega-ships on their tight schedules,” Dr. Stefan Behn, member of the Executive Board of HHLA said.

Each crane operates a 74-metre jib and weighs 2,400 tonnes capable of handling a maximum payload of 110 tonnes and reaching the 23 container rows of modern 18,000 TEU ships.

Total quay length at the site is now 1,400 metres and the new quay walls have a load-bearing capacity of approximately 1,000 kilonewtons.

“The development of ships’ sizes confirms our timely decision to rebuild the Container Terminal Burchardkai without interrupting normal operations, thus gradually increasing its capacity to over five million standard containers and making sure it is in the best-possible condition for the future. The new berth is a central component of this project, which underpins HHLA’s claim to technological leadership,” Behn added.

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