Konecranes to Drive Inland Operations at French Port


Konecranes, a provider of smart port solutions, has agreed to deliver four barge handlers to the Port of Lille, supporting the growth of container handling operations in Northern France.

According to a statement, Lille is the third-largest inland waterway port in France behind Paris and Strasbourg, handling over 7.9 million tons of freight during 2018.

In order to manage and maintain such a high throughput volume, achieved by ensuring a continuous flow of traffic, Lille has decided to upgrade its container handling equipment.

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As part of the order, two of the SMV 4545 TCX4 BH reach stackers will be delivered to Port de Santes to help with the loading of cargo onto departing ships, while the other two will be implemented at Port de Béthune-Beuvry to unload vessels upon arrival.

Barge handlers are specially adapted reach stackers that are especially adept at loading and unloading the floating barges used on inland waterways, making this equipment an obvious choice for the demands of Lille.

Each of the units, which are scheduled to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2019, have a first- and second-row capacity of 45 tons and are equipped with TRUCONNECT Remote Services that provide the operator with maintenance support and safety features like height warning alarms.

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Alain Lefebvre, Director General of Port of Lille, commented: “This is a very busy port. n our fleet to maintain our current level of throughput with equipment that does much more than just lift cargo.”

Tobias Åkesson, Area Sales Manager at Konecranes Lift Trucks, added: “We’re excited to be working with the Port of Lille.

“These reach stackers will help them to keep their operations smooth and efficient as they expand into additional working areas.”

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