German port operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has ordered three additional container gantry cranes for its Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT) that will enable the terminal to handle ships with a capacity of 20,000 TEUs or more.
The cranes, to be built by German crane manufacturer Liebherr, are expected to go into operation at the end of 2017. CTT will then have five 20,000-TEU gantry cranes.
The new cranes will have a jib length of 74 meters and a lifting height of 51.5 meters above the quay wall. They are designed for container ships with 24 transverse container rows and can operate in twin mode. Each container gantry crane will weigh 1,500 tons, handling a maximum payload of 63 tons.
In June 2015, CTT placed an order for two container gantry cranes which can handle the biggest ships in the world. Being built by the same company, the cranes will begin operating at Tollerort by November, according to HHLA.
Last month, HHLA’s Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) received three gantry cranes from Chinese crane manufacturer ZPMC. Following the delivery of the three cranes, HHLA has now a total of eight gantry cranes at CTB.
According to Stefan Bahn, member of the Executive Board of HHLA, the terminal operator will now have three berths that can handle larger ships, two at Burchardkai and one at Tollerort.
HHLA’s container volumes stood at 3.2 million TEUs in the first half of this year, compared to 3.4 million TEUs in the same period last year, a decrease of 5.7%.