Finnish crane manufacturer Konecranes has signed a service agreement to carry out all of the maintenance and repair work on more than 150 Konecranes Noell straddle carriers of different generations for MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET), the largest container terminal in the Port of Antwerp. The primary aim of the service agreement is to ensure the straddle carriers have a consistently high availability rate.
Randy Verresen, manager of rolling equipment at Antwerp Terminal Services NV, the service organisation for PSA Antwerp and MPET, said, “Last year, we exceeded the 10 million TEU mark for the first time, which led to an increasing need for new machines. As a result, our fleet of Konecranes Noell straddle carriers has expanded by almost 100 machines in the past 12 months. To keep the availability of the straddle carriers as high as possible, we are now entrusting the service work on the machines to their manufacturer Konecranes. We are certain that we are well-equipped for the anticipated continued growth of the terminal over the long term.”