The German chemical company BASF has ordered a barge handler from Konecranes for their operations in Antwerp.
The new Konecranes SMV 4545 TCX4 BH will handle approximately 40,000 containers every year and is BASF Antwerp NV’s third reach stacker for barge handling to be delivered in December 2017.
BASF, the largest chemical company in the world, will use the Konecranes reach stacker at its barge terminal of BASF Antwerp, located in their chemical site in the port of Antwerp.
The new machine can load and unload 45 metric ton containers in the first and second row and can lift 28-ton containers in the fourth row of a barge.
This creates new opportunities to optimize the barge transport concept and creates extra storage capacity in the terminal.
Konecranes has reported that the machine ordered by BASF will come with special features to fit their operations even better, like wireless cameras, central greasing and intelligent transport mode to enhance safety.
Dirk Vanreusel, Manager Rail & Terminal Operations, BASF Antwerp NV, said: “This new barge handler will enable us to handle larger vessels, optimize our stack capacity and fulfill our internal customer’s request to handle containers with 2 tons extra.”