Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been chosen to refurbish and upgrade two 15 year old NDC ship-to-shore (STS) cranes in Hong Kong.

The cranes belong to waste management firm, SITA Waste Services Ltd. They will be refurbished by Kalmar’s Crane Services team at SITA's West Kowloon transfer station. Work will include the replacement of the electrical control system (PLC and AC Drives), hoisting motors, wire rope drum, hoisting frame and head block, a company spokesperson said. The cranes will also require new gantry motors, equaliser beams and bogies along with all cables and festoons.

Sunny Kwong, SITA project engineering manager at West Kowloon Transfer Station, said, "With original spare parts hard to come by and the cranes approaching their 16th year of service, we needed to take action.”

Thomas Wong, Kalmar APAC vice president for the service business, said, "We feel privileged to be chosen by SITA for this project, which is an important breakthrough for us in Hong Kong. Despite the project complexity, we are very confident in accomplishing it, thanks to the experience and support provided by the Kalmar Cranes Services Competence Center in Malaysia and in the Netherlands.”

The project is expected to cost around €2 million (US$ 2.7 million) and work will begin in December 2013. Delivery of all major components and materials is due by the end of March 2014, a company spokesperson added.

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