Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and ABB, renowned for their expertise in logistics and automation respectively, have entered into a strategic partnership to enhance the efficiency and long-term operation of large automatic stacking crane (ASC) systems. This collaboration aims to unlock the untapped potential for further advancements in ASC technology, utilization, maintenance, and servicing. Leveraging HHLA's extensive operational experience in managing ASC fleets and ABB's proven track record of delivering automation solutions for over 1,000 ASCs globally, this partnership paves the way for innovation and optimization.The HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA), an early adopter of large end-load automatic stacking cranes, revolutionized container handling when it commenced operations in 2002. Today, HHLA operates over 100 ASCs with ABB automation across the Container Terminal Altenwerder and the Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB), where even larger ASCs have been introduced. The partnership between HHLA and ABB capitalizes on this shared expertise, aiming to drive ASC systems to new heights of performance.Oliver Dux, Director of Technology at HHLA, expresses enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, "We are delighted to partner with ABB in optimizing our automatic stacking crane systems. With ABB's exceptional technical expertise, we have a valuable ally by our side. Our goal is to unlock the full potential of ASCs and drive further innovation through advanced technology."Uno Bryfors, Global Business Line Manager, Ports at ABB Marine & Ports, highlights HHLA's invaluable role in this partnership. With over two decades of experience in operating ASC fleets, HHLA provides an ideal platform for ABB to propel ASC systems forward. Bryfors affirms, "HHLA is the perfect partner for ABB, and together, we are eager to elevate ASC systems by introducing supporting tools and methodologies to the next level."