Antwerp terminal heightens cranes to prepare for larger vessels

  • Kalmar completes year-long project to increase height of six quay cranes at MSC Home Terminal, Belgium

Six quay cranes at MSC Home Terminal, the Port of Antwerp’s largest container terminal, have been heightened as the Belgian port continues to enhance infrastructure to meet the needs of larger ocean carriers.

The project, being undertaken by Kalmar, part of Cargotec, involved increasing the hoisting height from 38 metres to 42 metres above ground level.

All modifications were completed within a 12-month time frame with work beginning in April 2012 and the final crane re-commissioned in March this year.

“It is vital, that our operations continue to work at maximum efficiency,” commented MSC Home Terminal’s technical manager, Hugo Borré.

“The ability to handle the larger vessels that are coming through is a critical factor.”

The highly specialised technique involves jacking the crane and inserting a heightening construction just below the gross girders. In order to maintain the rigidity or stiffness, the sill beam is strengthened and bracers are installed at the waterside portal frame. This process enables the crane height to be increased by four meters.

The quay crane heightening project also included the extension of the personnel lift and staircase, partial renewal of the electrical wiring and software modifications.

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