Pipe dream

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Cargotec has customised an order of seven Kalmar reachstackers to improve pipe handling for Norwegian logistics firm NorSea Group.

The company supplies base services and integrated logistics systems to the Norwegian oil and gas industry and has boosted its fleet of Kalmar trucks for handling gas pipeline sections designed to supply Europe with additional gas from Russia.

Rather than using a slave attachment connected to the spreader, which is more commonly used for handling pipes, Cargotec has modified the equipment with a fully integrated attachment to increase reliability and safety.

NorSea expects to move some 126,000 pipe sections with an average weight of 23.6 tonnes and will be transporting them from Mukran in Germany and Kotka in Finland to Karlskrona and Gotland in Sweden and Hanko in Finland.

The Norwegian logistics company is responsible for the loading, offloading and interim storage of the pipe sections at these three temporary sites. The pipes will then be shipped out by supply boat to a barge that will lay the pipe sections on the Baltic Sea floor.

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