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Waves on the sound

Copenhagen Malmö Ports (CMP) has significantly expanded its bulk handling capacity on both sides of the Øresund in recent years, and has taken a further step with the installation of two new Gottwald mobile harbour cranes at its Swede Harbour in Malmö.

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The first was shipped from Konecranes-Gottwald’s factory in Düsseldorf, Germany in June, and was then used to install the second unit the following month.


The cranes are 31m high with an outreach of 46m. They replace three 40-year-old rail mounted bulk cranes, which were dismantled in October.


Brian Kristensen, chief operating officer of dry bulk and property at CMP, says: “Mobile cranes offer a significant increase in flexibility, as they are not track-based, and the lifting capacity is much higher than before.”


The G HMK 6507B units have 125t lifting capacity at 20m radius, and are designed for four-rope bulk operations (as well as container and heavy lift). According to Danish partner Port-Trade, which is servicing the units with Konecranes, the Gottwald cranes are among the most silent and power-efficient on the market, with a 10 kV electrical power supply.


In 1990, CMP, then Københavns Frihavns og Stevedoreselskab, purchased its first dieselelectric Gottwald mobile harbour crane – at the time the world’s most powerful, with a capacity to lift 120t at 23m. CMP’s first MHC, an HMK360 E, now operates at the Port of Grenaa, which bought the unit in 2005.


CMP says the cranes will be used for scrap, rock and other bulk freight. With facilities and adjacent development space on either side of the Øresund, CMP has grown its bulk operations in line with regional demand, particularly in the construction sector and for the handling of gravel and stone. Scrap is also a growing segment, with Malmö ’s expanding bulk facilities a hub for export.


CMP’s Prøvestenen deepwater dry bulk terminal in Copenhagen is a base for Danish firms Sten og Grus and Dansk Natursten, which supply stone, gravel, aggregate and soil for building projects. Last April, Rimeco A/S opened a scrap metal collection depot at Malmö to serve southern Sweden and Zealand, Denmark. Rimeco’s facility collects various grades of ferrous scrap metal including iron, steel and new production scrap.


Kristensen adds that consolidation among customers’ industries has created larger merged companies, bigger combined volumes, and increased demand for strategically located terminals. With environmental requirements pushing more bulk products by sea, Kristensen says there are new markets and opportunities – such as waste bulk shipments as an alternative fuel for CHP.

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