HHLA Terminal Takes on Straddle Carriers


Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed an order with Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), the leading European port and transport logistics group, for 11 diesel-electric straddle carriers.

The order closely follows a 2016 order for nine machines, demonstrating the strength of HHLA's relationship with Kalmar and the company's commitment to Kalmar equipment. It was booked in Cargotec's 2017 first quarter order intake.

Established in 1968, HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) is the largest and oldest facility for container handling in the Port of Hamburg and has an annual capacity of more than 3 million TEU.

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CTB was the first terminal to introduce the straddle carrier concept as well as a unique automatic stacking crane (ASC) concept featuring three cranes per block.

The new units will be used to transport containers from the port's ship-to-shore cranes to the ASCs.

Jens Hansen, Managing Director of Container Terminal Burchardkai, said: “We're facing increasing pressure to reduce operating costs and cut noise and emissions, so it's vital that our straddle carrier equipment helps us achieve these targets. With Kalmar, we know that we will get all this combined with excellent reliability and first-class support services.

“We have relied on Kalmar straddle carriers for many years to keep our daily operations running smoothly. We particularly appreciate the long-term reliability and proven performance of Kalmar equipment, as well as the local support services that help keep it working at its very best.”

Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President, Automation and Projects at Kalmar, said: “HHLA has been a Kalmar customer for many years, and we look forward to further strengthening this prestigious relationship in the future and continuing to support HHLA in achieving its business goals.”

Kalmar recently continued its co-operation with GVT Group and Logistics with the delivery of five new Kalmar Gloria reachstackers, with four featuring Kalmar K-Motion technology, to Barge Terminal Tilburg (BTT) in the Netherlands.

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