HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai at Germany’s Port of Hamburg has received four new gantry cranes designed for the latest generation of mega-ships.
The move helps the terminal’s operator, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik, prepare to handle ships carrying 18,000 20-foot-equivalent units at its facilities.
Following an eight-week voyage from Shanghai to Hamburg, the new cranes arrived at the Container Terminal Burchardkai. The new container handling equipment, manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries, will be used at the Waltershof port, along with a fifth gantry crane that will depart Shanghai for Hamburg this fall.
The launch of the newly delivered cranes will mark the completion of the quayside expansion program at the CTB’s Waltershof port. With its 1.4 kilometer (about 0.9 mile) quay, the Waltershof port will now have four mega-ship berths, with a total of 15 gantry cranes.
“These new cranes will enable the Container Terminal Burchardkai to handle the 18,000-TEU ships which have just gone into operation,” said Stefan Behn, who is responsible for the container segment on the executive board of HHLA, in a written statement. “The increased handling capacity of the cranes on the quayside will improve our ability to meet these container mega-ships’ tight schedules.”