Kalmar has secured a contract to conduct an automation retrofit on two of its rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) situated at the Borg Havn terminal in Fredrikstad, southeast Norway.

The contract features a one-year maintenance and support agreement for the crane’s automation software.

Under the deal, the two manually operated cranes will be upgraded to Kalmar AutoRTGs.

The upgrade will also include the related automation software and hardware, as well as new cable reels with fibre optics for low-latency data communication.

The existing RTGs will also be modified with the Kalmar SmartRail laser-guided gantry steering solution. Kalmar will also provide two remote-control desks for controlling the machines, under the contract.

The project is expected to be completed by the last quarter of this year.

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“Our aim is to get the cranes into a condition, which will enable remote operations with good endurance.”

Borg Havn technical manager Pål-Erling Johnsen said: “We have, together with Kalmar, established a good technical solution for retrofitting our RTGs.

“Our aim is to get the cranes into a condition, which will enable remote operations with good endurance.”

Borg Havn terminal has an annual throughput capacity of around 150,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

Kalmar Automation Retrofits director Miikka Haapa-aho said: “This kind of conversion demonstrates that it is possible for terminals of all sizes to start their automation journey without major changes to infrastructure and equipment.”

In March, Kalmar signed a deal with Poland’s Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk to provide five electrically powered RTGs.

The agreement also covers the supply of a spare parts package for the machines.

Delivery of the customised RTGs and the package is expected to be carried out early next year.