Cargotec has unveiled its Technology and Competence Centre in an opening ceremony in Tampere, Finland.
“In Tampere, the focus is on the advancement of automation,” said Ilkka Herlin, Cargotec’s chairman of the board, in his inaugural address. “Automated solutions can enhance port and terminal functions and promote their sustainable development. We see great potential in automation for our customers around the world.”
“The functioning of ports is simulated in the laboratory and testing range, based on real data provided by our customers,” added Mika Vehviläinen, president and CEO of Cargotec, in a written statement about the new facility’s functions.
Since 2011, Cargotec has invested about €35 million (about US$45.3 million) in the construction of the facility.
Separately, Cargotec announced that its Kalmar unit has increased the height of six quay cranes at MSC Home Terminal in Belgium’s Port of Antwerp, in order to accommodate larger container ships. The project was undertaken by Kalmar’s specialist crane services team in April 2012.
“Crane modification offers an innovative solution to ports who need to increase their container handling capacity relatively quickly,” said Gert Jan Doornewaard, vice president of Kalmar Global Crane Services, in a published remark. “With the ever-increasing capacity of container ships, quay cranes need the additional hoisting height and often boom reach too in order to off load containers.”