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AS Tallinna Sadam : Estonia’s largest container cranes begin working in Muuga

The commissioning of essentially the most highly effective container cranes in Estonia was celebrated on the HHLA TK Estonia container terminal in Muuga. The cranes will serve the biggest container ships crusing within the Baltic Sea and lay floor to multiply the buying and selling volumes.

HHLA TK Estonia has made the most important funding of the last decade by supplying Muuga with two giant container cranes able to dealing with the biggest post-Panamax ships within the Baltic Sea, which maintain 4 occasions as many containers because the vessels the terminal may deal with earlier than.

On Tuesday, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas and Chairman of the Board of the HHLA Group Angela Titzrath put the cranes into operation, at a ceremony christening them “Alpha” and “Bravo”.

“The crises within the coming years will considerably have an effect on the economic system of each Estonia and the whole area. All the extra so, we have to discover new methods to restructure current commerce flows, make Estonia stand out as an necessary commerce gateway for the area, and strengthen the economic system as an entire. The highly effective container cranes put into operation are an necessary step in direction of reaching these objectives,” stated Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas.

HHLA Group CEO Angela Titzrath defined: “The new, bigger gantry cranes will assist HHLA TK to make the most of its full potential for the dealing with of current and future freight streams. We have invested over 5 million euros to have the ability to service vessels accommodating 4 occasions extra containers than the ships in a position to dock in Muuga in the mean time. In the long run, calls in Muuga shall be extra enticing and environment friendly for international delivery firms. Thanks to the expansion in dealing with capability, Estonia’s alternatives as a multimodal logistics hub in Northern Europe will enhance significantly.”

The Chairman of the Board of the Port of Tallinn Valdo Kalm stated on the ceremony that the Port of Muuga already is and can proceed to be a quickly rising commerce gateway that makes use of good options: “The capacity to deal with extra containers will undoubtedly enhance the attractiveness of the port, however we should proceed to work exhausting and make investments to strengthen its place as the principle multimodal logistics centre within the area. We are speaking concerning the steady improvement of infrastructure, the implementation of digital options and the connection to the Rail Baltica route.”

The Chairman of the Board of HHLA TK Estonia Riia Sillave stated that the cranes are prepared and the curiosity of the operators in direction of the terminal has clearly elevated: “Today, the brand new container cranes are operational and first huge vessels have been efficiently serviced, which has contributed into our profitable first a part of this 12 months,” famous the CEO of HHLA TK Estonia.

Container cranes for HHLA TK Estonia arrived from the Hamburg Burchardkai terminal in July final 12 months and have been put in and prepared for operation on the Muuga terminal by the tip of April this 12 months. The first vessel they serviced was A.P. Moller – Maersk’s Venta Maersk. It is 200 meters lengthy and might carry 3600 TEU containers.

HHLA TK Estonia is part of the main European logistics group Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) that operates container terminals in Hamburg, Odessa, Trieste and Muuga, in addition to runs logistics interconnections and intermodal centres in lots of areas of Central and Eastern Europe.

STS (ship-to shore) cranes of HHLA TK Estonia:

  • Lifting capability 70 tons, outreach 50 meters
  • Height of 73 meters and the flexibility to serve the biggest container ships within the Baltic Sea
  • Located at berth 17 of the Muuga container terminal
  • Arrived in Estonia in the summertime of 2021 from Hamburg (Germany)
  • Cranes have been inbuilt 2004

Photo: Kaupo Kalda

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