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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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HPC to participate in challenging deepwater port project in Algeria

Together with our partner, Ramboll UK, we have won a contract for a comprehensive feasibility study related to a deepwater port to be designed for Algiers-based Entreprise Portuaire de Cherchell.

The objective

The new port shall be suitable for vessels of up to 21,500 TEU with an annual capacity of 6.3m TEU plus 25.7m tons of general cargo. The quay is planned to be 6.7 km long and include 24 berths with a terminal area of 283 hectares plus an adjacent logistics zone to cover 350 hectares.

Our challenge

HPC’s focus will be on economic and operational aspects of this ambitious project, such as socio-economic developments, traffic forecasts, operations concept, calculation of revenues as well as investment and operations costs and financial analysis.

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HPC Consultants visited TOC Europe 2018 in Rotterdam

A team of HPC’s partners, IT consultants, equipment engineers and terminal planners went to the TOC Europe 2018 in Rotterdam from 12 to 14 June 2018.

We took the opportunity to meet with many of our customers, reconnect to old friends and make new ones. We enjoyed exchanging experiences whilst being informed on the most recent and heavily discussed topics of the terminal operators business as well as cutting-edge solutions of technology and service providers. At this occasion, our Dr. Nils Kemme presented our findings of the RTG Evaluation Project for new FREERIDER RTG.

The TOC Europe is the global meeting place for ports, terminals, shipping lines, 3PLs & shippers and refers to itself as the global container supply chain event. Besides the TOC Europe, yearly TOC events also take place in Asia, America, Africa and the Middle East.

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… above the clouds – HPC continues work on German National Aviation Concept

German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has recently assigned HPC, as part of a consortium, to update the influencing parameters of the National Aviation Concept elaborated in 2015 and published in 2017.

Owing to important developments (e.g. insolvency of Air Berlin) and upcoming relevant changes such as technological progress, Brexit, consolidation of airlines and the general competitive situation, the Ministry wants the existing National Aviation Concept to be updated and complemented. With our comprehensive experience in the aviation and airport business, we will update the evaluation of the German airports’ and airlines’ competitive situation both in the European and the global context. This includes identifying and considering competition parameters and market indicators. Finally, we will suggest suitable measures for strengthening the competition to the Ministry.

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HPC supports application of highly innovative RCL system

We are happy to support a technology development company with the application of a highly innovative remote container lock (RCL) system that has only recently been launched. The twistlock developed by Swedish LOX Container Technology can be remotely released by a spreader equipped with the correspondent transmitter.

Parallel to the ongoing onshore and offshore tests in a maritime environment - also accompanied by HPC - LOX has assigned us to research the applicability of the RCL system in the intermodal rail sector against an operational and economical background.

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