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Kalmar to upgrade NKK quay crane in Port of Bristol

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KALMAR, part of Cargotec, has won a contract to upgrade one of the Bristol Port Company's ship-to-shore (STS) cranes. The work is scheduled to be completed during the first quarter of 2019.

The Port of Bristol is located at the mouth of the River Avon in southwest England and can handle vessels of up to 130,000 dwt. Some 9,000 people are employed within the 10 square kilometre dock area that boasts on-site storage and warehouse facilities as well as excellent connectivity by sea, road and rail. 

The crane upgrade project concerns a 1988 built STS crane currently operating at the port, manufactured by Japanese company NKK.

The first phase of the upgrade will involve a full strip-down of the crane's existing electrical and mechanical systems. The mechanical components, including sheaves, brakes and gearboxes, will be replaced or modernised by Kalmar, while the electrical system will be completely replaced by Kalmar's consortium partner TES Industrial Systems. 

Said Bristol Port Company chief engineer James Overthrow: "It is critical to ensure that our STS cranes remain safe and reliable, and we are confident that working with Kalmar will deliver the best possible results for our business, both in terms of safety and productivity."