Kalmar gain electrification project in Felixstowe

  • Four RTGs to be converted by Q2 2014

Kalmar, an extension of Cargotec, will electrify four rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) for Hutchison Ports UK (HPUK).
Installations will begin in the second quarter of this year.

Kalmar’s specialist crane upgrades team will carryout the conversion, which will be the first of its kind performed in Western Europe.

The project will help to reduce fuel costs and lower the emissions of the RTG fleet.

The complex engineering task involves the provision and installation of an electrical services infrastructure for two RTG container blocks, measuring 217 metres.

Kalmar will also handle RTG modifications including: integration of an automatic drive-in collector unit, installation of operator controls, conductor bars and steel structure installation.

Two 217-metre container blocks will be converted to house the electrical infrastructure alongside the substations required to connect the cranes to the main power grid.

David Patterson, Marketing Area Director UK & Ireland at Kalmar, said: “We are very pleased that we complied with the requirements of HPUK's competitive tender process and were able to collaborate with them on this exciting project.

“Kalmar has all the specialist engineering resources in house to manage the integration of this type of procedure for all crane brands. Our objective is to minimise risk and maximise performance which represents an excellent return on investment for our customers.”

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