Kalmar to Heighten Cranes at Le Havre


Kalmar, a part of Cargotec Corporation, has been selected to increase four ZPMC ship-to-shore (STS) cranes located in the Port of Le Havre, France’s largest container port.

The cranes, which are part of Terminal de France, are operated by Generale de Manutention Portuaire (GMP), a joint venture between DP World and Terminal Link (CMA-CGM).

The terminal is planning to expand its capabilities and capacity with the heightened cranes, which will enable GMP to handle new mega-vessels operated by CMA CGM.

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Kalmar will be responsible for the planning, engineering and execution of the project, which will involve raising the four STS cranes by nine metres.

Eduardo Prat, Vice President of Crane Upgrades at Kalmar, said: “We are delighted to be able to support DP World and CMA CGM in future-proofing their operations at Terminal de France ready for handling the next generation of mega-size vessels. 

“Our track record and expertise in these kinds of crane heightening projects speaks for itself, and we are the only provider capable of completing the work in such a short timescale.”

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Guy Sansone, Technical Director of GMP, also commented: “The decision to partner with Kalmar was placed mainly because of their proven track record and the technical expertise of their dedicated crane upgrades team.

“Extending the capabilities of our STS cranes through heightening will ensure we can continue to provide our customers with the best possible level of service regardless of how large their vessels are.”

In addition to the being the largest container port in France, Le Havre is one of the only deepwater ports in Northern Europe where the largest container ships can be handled without tidal restrictions.

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