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Kalmar’s biggest reachstacker clears the decks at the port of Bremen

“We need high-performance equipment capable of quickly loading and unloading the inland waterway vessels, irrespective of the tides.”  Rüdiger Rempe, Manager, A&K


The solution Container terminals

Addicks Kreye relies on a customized Kalmar DRF450-75S5XS, one of the world´s biggest container stackers and capable of unloading over the quay wall, for loading and unloading of inland waterway vessels at the Windhukstrasse terminal in Bremen.

Kalmar's biggest reachstacker clears the decks at the port of Bremen

The challenge

Founded in 1908, Addicks Kreye (A&K) is an all-round provider of container services. Loading and unloading inland vessels involves working under the quay wall, handling containers weighing 99,200 lbs. in the first row and 79,300 lbs. in the second row. A&K uses a customized Kalmar reachstacker with a 295” wheelbase, equipped with hydraulic spreader extension arms.

The solution

“Despite its size and weight, the barge handler is very flexible and efficient," says Björn Steffen, Service Manager, Terminal Equipment at Cargotec. It operates 1,200 hours a year because, with tight port schedules, there's no room for downtime.

The results

The giant machine features an efficient Volvo Tier 3 motor and Kalmar's CAN-Bus-based control system, which ensures high availability and lower life-cycle costs. Kalmar's network of specialized technicians made it an easy choice for A&K. "We also offer a remote maintenance service that lets the operator send the vehicle data via mobile phone or internet to the specialists," adds Björn Steffen.