Kuenz erects fourth railway crane at Eurogate’s CTW


Kuenz erects fourth railway crane at the southern end of the track system at Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven.

Austrian crane specialist Kuenz has erected the fourth RMG crane at Eurogate Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven (CTW).

According to Eurogate, the intricate operation unfolded over several days, battling typical northern German weather conditions, with heavy equipment and robust cranes deployed to assemble the terminal’s fourth railway crane at the southern end of its track system.

“The largest components are now in place and connected to each other. Much more work will follow in the coming weeks, such as the electrical installation. The final handover of the railway crane is planned for the third quarter of 2024,” Eurogate said.

The new crane has a capacity of 41t and a span of 33.2m, with 9m and 16m cantilevers. Stacking height is one-over-three. The crane is controlled by an operator in a conventional cabin.

Kuenz told WorldCargo News that the order for the crane was placed in February 2023.

Other specifications:

  • Main girder length 66.2 m
  • Usable Cantilever – Fixed Post Side 9.0 m/Hinged Post Side 19.0 m
  • Lifting height over rail top 13.8 m
  • Load capacity on ropes 46.0 tons
  • Crane traversing speed 120 m/min
  • Trolly drive speed 150 m/min / Slewing drive speed 2.0 rpm
  • Hoist speed full load 20 m/min/ part load 40 m/min
  • Structural classification E6

On the quayside, in October 2023, CTW completed a project to raise its eight gantry cranes by 11 meters and welcomed two new Liebherr container gantry cranes.

The two new cranes are automated double-trolley container gantry cranes with a split headblock for tandem operation and a second trolley in the landside portal. These cranes stand out due to their cabless design for ship-to-shore operations, with operators controlling the cranes remotely from ROS Desks. CTW decided to expand the third floor of the terminal building in Wilhelmshaven to accommodate the workstations.

According to Liebherr, the automated cranes have a primary outreach of 73m, a lift height of 54.5m, a rail span of 30.48m and an operational back reach with a secondary trolley of 26m. The second trolley acts as a decoupler and will support Eurogate’s introduction of AGVs in certain parts of the yard at CTW.

The cranes mark the introduction of the first new double-trolley container cranes at CTW, designed to accommodate the world’s largest container vessels. Located at Germany’s only deep-water port, Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven offers unrestricted access to ULCVs regardless of tide levels.

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