Telestack Supplied Equipment for Europe’s Prestigious Fehmarnbelt Tunnel Project

Telestack recently supplied a range of mobile ship-loading / unloading equipment for one of the most prestigious and high-profile construction projects in Europe.

The project, which links Scandinavia and Central Europe, is an important component in the future European transport network and will make a vital contribution to the green transition of the transport sector. Enabling traffic to use the shortest and fastest route will reduce CO2 emissions and free up capacity on roads and railways. The journey time for train passengers between Copenhagen and Hamburg will be cut from four and a half to two and a half hours and switching the transport of freight from lorries to environmental-friendly electric trains will also be an important factor.

The German construction site on the island of Fehmarn

The range of equipment includes a HF18 mobile hopper feeder, which feeds a TB52 radial telescopic shiploader via a TL35 link conveyor. Carl Donnelly, International Sales Manager, explains how Telestack have used their previous experience and knowledge to the project and how the multi-functionality of the Telestack equipment has brought operational flexibility to this prestigious project, “Telestack’s mobile ship-loading /unloading equipment will form a key part in the material handling of aggregate products for construction of the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel. The supply and installation contract will consist of a mobile hopper feeder, mobile link conveyor and a TB 52m (170ft) radial telescopic shiploader / stacker to load and unload aggregate to vessels up to handymax size at rates up to 1500TPH+.

Illustrations of Tunnelportal in Denmark

One of the key reasons for selecting Telestack for this project is our proven technology and performance within the Ports industry offering unrivalled flexibility and the ability to use the same equipment in several elements of the logistics chain. Telestack’s notoriety and proven track record in some of the most notable infrastructure projects across the UK and Europe, including Cross Rail, Hinkley Powerstation and HS2 Projects was the key difference amongst potential suppliers.” The project will start with the Telestack HF18 hopper feeder fed with a wheeled loader or grab when used for ship unloading. The unit incorporates a variable speed drive on the feeder to control the flow of material and has an integrated tow hitch for site movement. In addition, this unit was fitted with an integrated belt-weighing system that enables the operator to manage and control the tonnage along the operation. The TL35 link conveyor is an important part of the system as it enables the operator to transfer material deeper into the stockyard, maximising the capacity of the stacking area. The ship loading process offered by the Telestack equipment works in the opposite way and minimises the need for the wheel loader to travel between the feed discharge point and the stockpile reducing fuel consumption and ensuring the high tonnes per hour are achieved.

The HF18 Mobile Hopper Feeder feeding a TB52 Radial Telescopic Shiploader via a TL35 Link Conveyor.

The multi-functional TB52 radial telescopic conveyor offers flexibility affording the operation to use in a ship loading or ship unloading capacity. With an incorporated tracked bogie at the rear of the unit, the unit can be self-propelled around the site. Other options include water-fed dust suppression spray-bars and radio-remote control for all functions. The entire system was painted with grade 250 micron marine grade paint finish, specific for operation in a harsh salty environment, demonstrating the level of customisation on offer with Telestack units.

The TB52 Radial Telescopic Shiploader situated to the right of the TL35 Link Conveyor.

The time invested by the Telestack sales, technical sales, engineering, operations, aftermarkets and project management teams ensures a tailored and custom-designed solution for the Customer. Telestack are part of the billion-dollar Astec Industries who are a leading global manufacturer of equipment and components for infrastructure and aggregate-related industries. As a leader in the design and manufacture of products that are used to build the infrastructure that physically connects the world, the Fehmarnbelt link is a project of particular significance to them given its importance in the European infrastructure. This is Denmark’s largest Infrastructure Project and the world’s largest immersed tunnel and will form part of Europe’s sustainable transport network of the future. The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link is a priority project for the European Commission and an important element in the green transition for the European transport sector. The Fehmarnbelt link is part of the so-called European TEN-T network, which aims to streamline infrastructure so that the EU’s internal market will function better and with less environmental impact. A tunnel portal is built in both Denmark near Rødbyhavn and in Germany near Puttgarden. The portals connect the tunnel’s railway and motorway with the upgraded and newly built roads and railways in the hinterland. Construction of the tunnel began in 2020 on the Danish side and in 2021 on the German side, it is due to be completed in 2029.

Illustrations of Tunnelportal in Denmark

Telestack are renowned throughout the globe for their personalised service. The team of engineering and sales specialists work very closely with customers throughout each stage of the process from pre-sales and pre-engineering to ensure that the equipment is specific to your project. The experienced sales personnel will happily discuss your project with you and Telestack have a range of global reference sites in multiple applications to tell you about. View our website – or email for a preliminary consultation about your project.

FLC - Femern Link Contractors (FLC) Femern A/S consists of VINCI Constructions Grands Projets (France), Aarsleff (Denmark), Max Bögl Stiftung & CO KG (Germany), BAM Infra B.V (Holland), BAM International B.V (Holland), Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau AG (Germany), Solétanche-Bachy International S.A.S (France), CFE SA (Belgium), Dredging International NV (Belgium).

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