China is responsible for nearly one in three of all the containers either coming from or going to the country that are handled by the Port of Hamburg.
Chairwoman of HHLA’s Executive Board, Angela Titzrath said, “Our companies have been working successfully together for more than 35 years. HHLA has been preparing to handle large ships like the COSCO Shipping Aries for a long time now. We have continuously invested in our facilities, as we have here at Tollerort. We want to continue to justify the trust our customers place in us by delivering excellent performance and high-quality service.”
The HHLA terminal at Tollerort will soon be upgrading another berth to have the ability to handle other container ships above 20,000 TEU capacity. Currently, they are three berths available for mega-ships at their Tollerort and Burchardkai (CTB) terminals.
The next mega-ship to visit the terminals will be the maiden voyage of CMA CGM Antoine which is over 20,000 TEU.
To handle these mega-ships three of five 20,000 TEU gantry cranes were installed and operational in the fourth quarter of 2017. While the two other cranes have been in service since the first quarter of 2017.
Each crane weighs 1,500 tonnes and has a payload handling capacity of 63 tonnes. The jibs on the cranes are 74 meters with a lifting height of 51.5 meters above the wall of the quay. One benefit from the lifting height allows the cranes to handle nine containers on top of each other on the deck.
Due to the new gantry cranes being built with lattice jibs this significantly reduces their overall weight compared to standard gantry cranes. When operating in twin mode they can load and discharge two 20-foot containers concurrently.