Handling Technology that Moves More than Just Fruit

HHLA Frucht uses mobile harbour cranes for all-purpose handling, such as the extremely high-performance Terex Gottwald HMK 4406.

HHLA’s fruit and refrigeration centre is the most important location for fruit handling in Germany. The company has suitable technical handling technology and ground-handling vehicles to deal efficiently with the specialised reefer vessels and container ships. However, the project cargo and heavy goods that frequently arrive on inland vessels can also be handled at the O’Swaldkai multi-purpose terminal in Hamburg.

The extremely high-performance Terex Gottwald bicable-type G HMK 4406 mobile harbour crane primarily handles reefer ships carrying bananas. It can hoist the sensitive fruit both on pallets from the cargo hold as well as discharge reefer containers arriving as deck cargo. With a maximum load capacity of 100 tonnes and a working radius of up to 46 metres, the mobile crane is also suitable for handling heavy goods and project cargo for almost all other ships.

Two other smaller, fourth generation HMK 90 E cranes allow palleted goods to be quickly discharged from the reefer ships. Like these cranes, the new one can also be moved swiftly to the quayside. All of the cranes have a high working speed, which provides for good productivity and ensures that there is no disruption to the cold chain, especially when handling fruit pallets.

As well as large handling equipment on the quayside, HHLA’s fruit and refrigeration centre has the latest equipment for handling containers, palleted goods and general cargo. In addition to two reach stackers, a total of 60 forklift trucks with various load capacities are available for this.

Below are further technical details about the terminal:
Premises145,000 m²
Quay wall 530 m
Maximum draft9.50 m
Mobile crane 100T1
Mobile crane 18T2
Reach Stackers2
Forklift trucks60
Truck handling ramps30
Connections for reefer containers300
Pallet spaces, conventional13,000
Pallet spaces, automated8,200