Three container gantry cranes arrived at the Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) in Hamburg, owned by Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA).
The cranes arrived at their temporary berth at Athabaskakai on 5th November, 2019, aboard the special ship "Zhen Hua 27" after an eight week long journey. They will provide HHLA with additional capacities for handling ultra large container vessels with a cargo volume of over 23k TEU.
The new gantry cranes manufactured by ZPMC will replace three smaller units at CTB, which have already been dismantled. HHLA is expecting delivery of another two large container gantry cranes of the same type in the first quarter of 2020.
Last year, the number of calls at the Port of Hamburg by container mega-ships with a capacity of 18-22k TEU increased by 47% to 150 calls. The number grew once again in H1 2019 by almost 40%.
The largest container gantry cranes currently at the Port of Hamburg can accommodate ships with a width of 24 containers side by side. The jibs of the new cranes are almost 80 m long and can reach across 26 rows of containers. These giants, each weighing 2,480t, can move two 40-foot containers or four 20-foot containers with a combined weight of 110t in one go. There are currently 18 mega-ship cranes currently in operation at HHLA's CTB.
Apart from new handling equipment, HHLA's investment programme includes the construction of new storage blocks and the expansion of the container railway station in 2019. The company plans to invest €1b throughout the Group by 2022, approx. €450m of which will be spent on container handling.