After an accident, it's now time for reconstruction
The two cranes are not only massive steel structures, each capable of handling 42 tons of cargo, but also technological masterpieces. With a majestic height of 22 meters, the cranes tower over the loading tracks like an oversized door frame. At the top, the crane bridge, the "trolley" moves back and forth to load the containers. The repairs are a complex project that require detailed planning and all our technical 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.