Starting signal for our crane construction at the Rail Cargo Terminal - BILK

13. 05. 2021

The Budapest Container Terminal (RCG-BILK) is the hub for combined freight transport to Western and Southeastern Europe. The linchpins of the Terminal are its two gantry cranes, which ensure transshipment from trucks to freight wagons and vice versa all goes smoothly. They work tirelessly to make this happen, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

After an accident last year, one of the two cranes built in 2003 is being rebuilt. It comes as no surprise that one of the two cranes is now in need of a complete overhaul. A project of rare value and gigantic proportions is in the pipeline, because not only is the crane a massive steel structure capable of lifting 42 tonnes of cargo, it’s also a technological masterpiece. At an impressive height of 22 metres, it towers over the loading tracks like an oversized doorframe. The trolley moves back and forth along its upper side to load the containers. Repairs are therefore complex undertakings that require detailed planning and all our professional expertise.

Preparations in full swing

The preparatory work for repairing the hoist has been in full swing since mid-April, Tamás Balaton, Technical Director of Terminal BILK, is pleased to report: “Repair work is currently underway on the structural and mechanical engineering features. Our experts are repairing the removable components in off-site factories. Any parts that cannot be transported because of their size are repaired on the Terminal site itself. To begin with, we therefore had to prepare an area on site where repair work could be carried out safely and undisturbed. To achieve this, we put in place closures, speed restrictions and made changes to traffic regulations in certain parts of the Terminal.”

While the repair work is going on, the team will ensure that work at the Terminal is disrupted as little as possible: “Our top priority is to make sure supplies reach our customers without any problems. The repair work must not interfere with ongoing operations,” Tamás Balaton emphasises.

Good preparation is half the battle

What’s in store over the next few months? Balaton explains that “Once repairs to the structural and mechanical features are completed, the machine will assembled in several stages. It will then be connected to the power grid. Finally, the necessary test runs will be carried out in line with all safety and efficiency requirements. After that, the gantry crane can be put back into operation.”

Our engineers are doing everything they can to keep to the tight schedule. It’ll be something to celebrate when the gantry crane resumes its work towards the end of summer.

We'll be sure to share this major event with you and keep you up-to-date here on our blog over the next few months!

Photo 1: Bringing together the two main girders of the crane and checking that the elements have not warped.