Kalmar’s Aperam Crane Upgrade Venture


Kalmar, part of Cargotec corporation, has started the upgrade and refurbishment of the overhead crane at the steel mill of the Aperam Stainless steel plant in Genk, Belgium.

In a previous article by PTI, it was reported that Kalmar had received an order from DP World for two of its automated stacking cranes.

DP World has been involved in many projects recently, including the acquisition of the Prince Rupert Container Terminal in Canada.

The scope includes design, construction, delivery and erection of all the materials for the project, according to the standards and regulations for hoisting liquid steel.

The project, which started in November 2014 with design engineering, was booked in Q4, 2014, and is set to be completed in Q3 of 2015. 

The project involves renewing the existing trolley and the lateral driving mechanism of the overhead crane, including new electrical installation, and will be a complete turnkey solution. 

Danny Bielen, Project Manager of Aperam, said: “The trolley and the electrical system of the crane had reached the end of their technical lifetime. We were looking for a partner who could provide a detailed specification, and the ability to demonstrate a strong technical solution. Additionally, Kalmar's excellent project management skills were another important selection criterion.” 

Jelle van der Waal, Director of Crane Upgrades at Kalmar EMEA North, said: “We specialise in turnkey crane upgrade projects and have a proven track record working with different customer segments.

“Our competence is based on highly professional in-house engineering and project management. When the project is completed, Aperam will be able to enjoy the extended lifetime of the crane for many years to come.”

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