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Kalmar’s equipment heightening expertise to support EUROGATE Hamburg with straddle carrier modification


Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has concluded an agreement with long-term customer EUROGATE to heighten nine Kalmar straddle carriers operating at the EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg. The order was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q4 order intake, with the work scheduled to commence in Q1 of 2020 and be completed by the beginning of Q3.

EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg is one of Northern Europe’s main transport hubs, offering excellent road, rail and feeder connections to the economic centres of Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia. The EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg equipment fleet includes Kalmar straddle carriers and ship-to-shore cranes. Originally delivered by Kalmar in 2017, the nine diesel-electric straddle carriers will be heightened from three to four high in order to increase the stacking capacity of the container yard. 

The heightening process will involve lifting the upper part of the straddle carrier structure and attaching it to new extended legs as well as modifying the stairs and platforms to accommodate the extended height. The electrical cabling and hydraulic tubes will also be renewed prior to commissioning and testing before finally returning the straddle carriers to operation. 

Bob van Kampen, Director, Crane Upgrades, EMEA North, Kalmar: “As the original equipment manufacturer we are the ideal choice to undertake a project of this kind. We can leverage both our project know-how and technical expertise to deliver a high-quality result in a short time frame. The end result will be safe, fully certified machines that will enable EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg to address their need for greater stacking capacity in the yard.” 

Further information for the press:

Bob van Kampen, Director, Crane Upgrades, EMEA North, Kalmar, tel.  +31 651 472 506,

Maija Eklöf, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Kalmar, tel. +358 20 777 4096,

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2018 totalled approximately EUR 3.3 billion and it employs around 13,000 people.