Finland-based Konecranes has entered a service agreement to provide maintenance and repair work for more than 150 of its Noell straddle carriers of various generations situated at MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium.
Konecranes’ Antwerp-based service organisation will perform all the contracted works, which are being conducted to ensure the highest possible availability of the entire machine fleet.
PSA Antwerp and MPET service organisation Antwerp Terminal Services Rolling Equipment manager Randy Verresen said: “Last year, we exceeded the ten million twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) mark for the first time, which led to an increasing need for new machines.
“As a result, our fleet of Konecranes Noell Straddle Carriers has expanded by almost 100 machines in the past twelve months.
“To keep the availability of the straddle carriers as high as possible, we are now entrusting the service work on the machines to their manufacturer Konecranes.
"We are certain that we are well-equipped for the anticipated continued growth of the terminal over the long term.”
MPET is the largest container terminal at the site and currently handles the majority of containers in the Port of Antwerp.
It is a joint venture between TIL Group and global container terminal operator PSA.
Konecranes Port Services regional director Tom Cerpentier said: “Antwerp is one of the most important ports for us.
“In addition to straddle carriers, other types of Konecranes port equipment such as mobile harbour cranes (MHCs), automated stacking cranes (ASCs) and lift trucks that are operated by various customers in the port need to be serviced and maintained.
“This is why our on-site service team comprises a total of 18 technicians and will now be strengthened by another 16 service experts specifically as part of the service agreement concluded with MPET for the straddle carriers.”
Konecranes currently provides productivity-enhancing lifting solutions and services for a variety of lifting equipment.