HHLA TK Estonia STS cranes increased container handling capacity

HHLA TK Estonia’s container cranes can now simultaneously handle two 20-foot sea containers in a single lift, which means faster handling and an overall increase in the terminal’s ability to serve its clients.

Previously, the Kocks STS container cranes located at berths 16 and 17 of the HHLA TK Estonia container terminal in Muuga could only lift one container at a time onto or off the ship, either a 20-foot or 40-foot container. On Thursday, May 30, the CMA CGM Ermitage container ship visiting Muuga was for the first time serviced in such a way that either one 40-foot container or two 20-foot containers were lifted simultaneously.

"A significant portion of the cargo handled at our terminal is moved in 20-foot containers, and the ability to handle two containers at once allows us to speed up the servicing ships visiting the terminal and thereby increase the terminal’s overall capacity," commented Andres Uusoja, Sales Manager and Board Member of HHLA TK Estonia.

The two STS cranes – Alfa and Bravo – at the HHLA TK Estonia container terminal began operations in May 2022. The cranes, with a lifting capacity of 70 tons, can service the largest vessels operating in the Baltic Sea, known as post-Panamax class vessels.

HHLA TK Estonia is a part of the leading European logistics group Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) that operates container terminals in Hamburg, Odessa, Trieste and Muuga, as well as runs logistics interconnections and intermodal centres in many regions of Central and Eastern Europe.