HHLA, ABB sign partnership to develop automatic stacking crane systems

HHLA and ABB sign partnership agreement to further develop automatic stacking crane systems

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and ABB Ltd. have partnered to increase efficiency in the long-term operation of big automated stacking crane (ASC) systems.

When the HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) opened for operation in 2002, it was one of the first container terminals in the world to deploy large end-load automatic stacking cranes.

Since then, even bigger ASCs have been introduced at the nearby Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB).

Between the two terminals, the German logistics company reportedly operates more than 100 ASCs with ABB automation.

The aim of the partnership between HHLA and ABB is to unlock potential for the further development of systems for automatic stacking cranes as well as their use, maintenance, and servicing.

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The partnership will be ongoing until the end of 2025.

Oliver Dux, Director of Technology at HHLA, said: “We are very pleased about the partnership with ABB in the field of our automatic stacking crane systems.

“With ABB, we have a partner with a high level of technical expertise at our side. Our aim is to optimise the ASCs and to further develop them through innovative technology.” 

Uno Bryfors, Global Business Line Manager, Ports at ABB Marine & Ports, stated: “With 20 years of experience, HHLA is the ideal partner for ABB and we look forward to taking ASC systems with supporting tools and methods to the next level.”

In April 2023, HHLA TK Estonia terminal set a new record by welcoming the biggest Ro-Ro vessels to call at the terminal.

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