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Hamburg Port

HPC supervising gantry crane construction in China

After a number of previous supervision projects we realised for our parent company HHLA’s container terminals in recent years, we have now started another contract for gantry crane construction supervision in China.

The objective

To react more flexibly to the shipping industry’s needs, HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai purchased five more double 40' ship-to-shore cranes (STS) from ZPMC/Shanghai to complete the extension of berth No. 6 at their semi-automated terminal. With an outreach of 71.5m, the new cranes make CTB fit for the future demands of their clients and ever growing ship sizes.

Our challenge

For the STS crane supervision, we support our colleagues from HHLA with two engineers who follow up and report on the construction progress on a permanent basis until the cranes’ shipment scheduled for December 2019. Our experts clearly concentrate on quality issues to make sure the cranes are built according to specification. This includes the supervision of construction, crane erection, commissioning, function tests and preliminary acceptance at the construction site prior to shipment.

Another ongoing engineering project...

...covers construction supervision for five electrically-powered rubber-tyred gantries (E-RTG) for a Baltic port, for which we had already supervised the construction of 15 E-RTG three years before. The cranes are manfactured by Kalmar and their joint venture partner Rainbow Cargotec near Shanghai. In a first step, we took care of the design review together with our partner, TÜV Nord, in Hamburg. Second, HPC pays several inspection visits to the construction sites in China at critical building stages and will ultimately assist the client in final acceptance tests at their port. Throughout the following guarantee period, our engineers will inspect the cranes on a regular basis and help the client settle possible quality issues with the manufacturer.



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