Continental supplies technologies for ports
January 2017They are a key economic factor all over the world: Ports play a key role as important transhipment hubs for a variety of goods and wares. In this busy environment, Continental is doing its bit to ensure that operations run smoothly.
The giant quay cranes and ground conveyors designed for loading and unloading ships in ports are powerhouses of almost limitless capabilities. Wireless signals allow the crane operators to locate the assigned bays for goods from all over the world. Everything works fully automatically. In tandem operation, the LHM 600 Litronic from Liebherr – a mobile dockside crane for heavy goods and project cargoes – can load up to 320 metric tons of general cargo. ContiTech supplies the hydraulic lines for these giants to ensure smooth operation. The dockside cranes move very slowly and avoid tight curves. Continental offers a range of special tires for these mobile colossi. The CraneMaster tires can support extremely heavy loads and, thanks to their low rolling resistance and, in turn, lower energy consumption, meet the stringent demands of these vehicles. Meanwhile, ContiTech’s drive solutions ensure maintenance-free, low-wear system solutions for lifting systems and ground conveyors. As alternatives to chain drives, polyurethane flat belts featuring ultra-high-strength steel cord tensile members are ideal for a host of challenging applications.
Smooth port logistics
For forklift trucks, too, companies are deploying other products developed by the technology corporation. Axle boxes help to cushion the front axles, ensuring that the chassis runs quietly. For the Linde electric stacker 386, two special axle boxes made from natural rubber were also developed. These take up very little space and ensure mobility when the lift pole is tilted. The boxes absorb the three-dimensional loads generated when the stacker is in operation as follows: The load from the lift pole is absorbed vertically, while the load generated when the stacker is in motion is absorbed horizontally. In addition, the noise emissions from the forklift truck are permanently reduced. Continental also offers the special TractorMaster tire for port logistics. This product has been specially designed for tractor units deployed for handling operations in port terminals and forwarding agent’s yards. These tires allow large and heavy loads to be transported – and all that with uniform wear to prevent the tread from tearing. The tire is highly damage-resistant, has extremely low wear, and helps to cut not only fuel consumption but also CO2 emissions. And with StraddleMaster, ContainerMaster, DockMaster, and Continental CraneMaster, the highly resistant V.ply tires for port fleets also help to ensure smooth operations in port environments.
In the trucks that unload the containers from the ships for onward transportation, air springs featuring lightweight plastic pistons save weight and fuel – for example, in the Mercedes-Benz Actros. ContiTech also develops sleeve air springs that gently cushion the driver’s cab. The interior of the driver’s cab contains a number of components developed by Benecke-Kaliko: covers in Acella for the different seat versions and Yorn foam laminate for the spacious stowage compartments.
Bunker hoses are used for conveying heavy fuel oil, carburetor fuels, and hot asphalt to and from the ships. Whether in Hamburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp, or Batumi, Georgia, these highly resistant hoses from ContiTech are essential for conveying these substances either onto dry land or onto the ships. When in operation, they have to be absolutely safe and reliable in order to avoid environmental damage. Decades of knowhow in the production of hybrid hoses lead to ever-improving product quality. And what’s more, when iron ore or coal in Rotterdam, Hamburg, or Narvik in Norway needs to be extinguished, oil-resistant and fire-retardant, energy-optimized covers from ContiTech ensure problem-free unloading to the designated bays – highly efficient and energy-saving.
Port construction work
ContiTech has a role to play in the construction of new ports, too. Its floating hoses were used during the construction of JadeWeserPort, Germany’s only deepwater port. Special-purpose hoses were used for shifting twelve million cubic meters of sand from the dredgers. The company also offers a range of high-quality, special-purpose hoses for transporting concrete to container terminals under construction. Whether port deepening on the coast, river deepening for inland water transportation, or land reclamation for expanding terminals, dredging companies count on ContiTech – in Hamburg, Bremen, and any other port where, among other things, the waterways require regular clearing. For these tasks, companies need highly wear-resistant hoses that are not only durable and highly flexible, but also meet individual customer requirements. Safety is the watchword here. The floating hoses are designed to withstand three times the pressure stipulated in the planning data. The floater dredges deployed to perform such tasks are also equipped with conical mounts from ContiTech to ensure the required stability. These components continuously compensate for the movements and shifts in weight that occur as a result of the extreme stresses. Installed on the ring mount in the dredger, the mount ensures that the water engineering vehicle always stays on course during construction operations.
The special TractorMaster tire has been specially designed for tractor units deployed for handling operations in port terminals and forwarding agent’s yards.
In the Batumi terminal in Georgia, highly resistant bunkering hoses from ContiTech transport fuel oil, carburetor fuels, and hot asphalt to and from the ships.
Ports are an economic factor for key industries.
The Mercedes-Benz Actros features a range of technical, fuel-saving innovations, including various sophisticated products from ContiTech.