Port of Oslo to receive three electric stacker cranes

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The Port of Oslo will receive three electric stacker cranes on 29 May 2021 as part of plans to expand container handling capacity.

In a statement, the Port said the all-electric cranes will be supplied by Kalmar and contribute to increased capacity and efficient container handling. They have been designed and built in China and will arrive pre-assembled before being put into production.

The cranes’ voyage aboard the Aal Pusan ​​began in Taicang on 18 April. The approximately 200-meter-long cargo ship has passed through Singapore and Setubal in Portugal on the way to Oslo. 

Container traffic to Oslo has increased by almost 30% in recent years and the proportion of goods of European origin has almost doubled. This has contributed to significant freight transfer from road to sea. 

The increase in recent years is estimated to annually replace 25,000 trailers on the roads from the continent.  

Einar Marthinussen, Commercial Director, Port of Oslo, said, “We are expanding the container port and increasing the crane capacity to be able to handle a market in strong growth. 

“Sea transport is cost-effective, environmentally friendly and more than halves climate emissions compared to other modes of transport.”

Svein Olav Lunde, Technical Director, also commented, “The container terminal is designed for a maximum of 13 stacking cranes a capacity of 450,000 TEU. 

“We started in 2015 with eight all-electric RTG cranes. When we now expand with three more cranes, we get 85% capacity utilization. 

“This is a step-by-step, planned expansion that is necessary to remove volume peaks and be able to handle future growth.”

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