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Tire Solutions for Harbor

Introduction to Continental's Terminal Tire Range

As a leading supplier of brake systems, instrumentation, vehicle electronics and infotainment solutions, as well as systems and components for power trains and chassis, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection.

This is also the driver behind Continental’s production of cross-ply, radial and solid tires. Contrary to nearly all our competitors, this enables us to offer tires that exactly match the needs and demands of our customers, and not merely fit into our product range.

In harbor environment tires are an endangered species. They have to carry those terrific vehicles plus the heavy cargo load. Add to this the often sporty ways of driving. 
A terminal's surface displays so called hot spots. This is where steady braking, accelerating and cornering has left its traces. What you get here are block crackings, rutting, and even potholes. For this very reason we put together Continental's Portpackage.

Right after fuel - tires are the second largest expenditure in the maintenance of a terminal.
Moreover, at this moment in time there are more and more terminals established all over the world, while the already existing ports are mostly growing.
Hence there is a lot of money to earn if you have something good to offer. And we have. Continental's Portpackage is a customized portfolio of speciality tires, which will help to keep vehicles in operation.

Don’t compromise.

Harbor Vehicles in Operation

Automated Guided Vehicle
AGV Harbor
Technical Data:

  Priorities:

- speed: ca. 22 km/h  - low rolling resistance
- length: ca. 15 m- service life (mileage)






Vehicle requirements

Automated guided vehicles, or better known as AGVs, are symbolic of the ongoing automation process in harbors.

AGVs are used at moderate speeds around gradual bends, making the demands of an AGV on its tires seem quite low, but there are negative factors which have to be taken into consideration to avoid tire failures, which can disrupt the entire workflow and cause immense cost.

Ongoing technical advancement plays a major role. The quest for lower emissions contributes to the use of electrically powered AGVs, Consequently the weight of the batteries increases the vehicle’s overall weight and hence the strain on the tires.
The rolling resistance of the tires has a significant influence on energy consumption and, as a consequence, on the uninterrupted operating time of the vehicle, as well as on the number of vehicles required.

Last but not least, there is the effect of the missing human element. In contrast to a vehicle operated by a human driver, an AGV can’t avoid foreign objects and tire damage can be the result.


The Continental Solution

The new Continental CraneMaster tire makes use of the new V.ply technology. With its significantly lower rolling resistance, this technology makes an AGV fitted with CraneMaster tires far better equipped to handle the daily demands of its operating conditions.

Empty Container Handler
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Technical Data: Priorities:
- speed: up to 26 km/h - stability
- height of extended mast: 15 - 17 m - service life (mileage)
- stacking capacity: 5 - 8 high


Vehicle requirements

Empty container handlers do not seem to be exposed to severe strain. The weight they carry is limited so why should they need a superior tire? The challenge lies in the height or, more precisely, the mast they operate with. Due to their design, empty container handlers have to cope with the extremely high reach of their loading gear. This means they carry heavy loads on their single axles even when unloaded. In addition, potholes and uneven surfaces can cause the vehicles to tilt, especially when they are driven at higher speeds or while turning around a corner.

The relative instability of the vehicle, in particular during the loading process when it makes sharp turns and the load is lifted to its maximum height, poses a huge potential accident risk.

But the tires are under strain in even seemingly ordinary conditions. The tire kissing effect also places the dual front tires under additional stress due to frequent contact between the inner-facing sidewalls. This leads to increased wear or in extreme cases to sudden tire failure with potentially fatal consequences. However, the rear tires are under more of a burden. The reason is quite simple though. When the vehicle is not carrying a load, the enormous counterweight still puts pressure on the rear tires. The fact that the vehicles are driven at higher speeds intensifies the effect of tire wear.

To guarantee smooth operation at full potential, an empty container handler needs tires with exceptional load capacity, superior damping properties and outstanding maneuverability.



The Continental Solution

The ContainerMaster has utterly strong sidewalls, improved protection against damage and a longer service life. Less internal movement, less rolling resistance, delayed aging and a better wear picture contribute to improved safety, better driving performance plus lower fuel consumption.


The massive DockMaster tire without any tread is ideal for reach stackers or vehicles used at limited speed or only occasionally. It is the perfect choice for a medium-speed reach stacker when outstanding longevity, robustness and puncture resistance are priorities.

Heavy Forklift
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Technical Data:Priorities:
- loading capacity: up to 18 t- stability
- lifting height: ca. 5 m- maneuverability
- tare weight: 33 - 46 t


Vehicle requirements

Due to their specific design, heavy-duty forklifts move enormous loads on single axles. Potholes and uneven surfaces can cause the vehicle to tilt, especially when carrying heavy loads at high speeds or when maneuvering in sharp bends. Depending on the load and its dimensions, the vehicle can become instable with a high risk of accidents even in seemingly ordinary conditions.

There are other factors that can have a negative effect on the life of the tire. The twin tire kissing effect also places the dual front tires under additional stress due to frequent contact between the inner-facing sidewalls. This leads to increased wear or in extreme cases to sudden tire failure with potentially fatal consequences. Surprisingly, the rear tires are under more of a burden. The reason is quite simple though. When the vehicle is not carrying a load, the enormous mass of the counterweight still places pressure on the rear tires. And it is precisely in this situation that the vehicles are driven at higher speeds than usual.

For smooth operation at full potential, a heavy-duty forklift first and foremost relies on tires with exceptional load capacity, superior damping properties and outstanding maneuverability.


The Continental Solution

Since harbor conditions differ, Continental offers two completely different types of tires to match the needs of every customer. Both are custom-designed to meet the requirements of a heavy-duty forklift, its operator and the working environment. 

The ContainerMaster has utterly strong sidewalls, improved protection against damage and a longer service life. Less internal movement, less rolling resistance, delayed aging and a better wear picture contribute to improved safety, better driving performance plus lower fuel consumption.

The massive DockMaster tire without any tread is ideal for vehicles used at limited speed or only occasionally. It is the perfect choice for medium-speed vehicles, when outstanding longevity, robustness and puncture resistance are priorities.

Mobile Harbor Crane
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Technical Data:          Priorities:
- overall height: 20 - 40 m         - load capacity
- radius: 30 - 60 m

         - high

            endurance

- total weight: up

to 500 - 600 t

         - service life

            (up to 8- 10 yrs.)

- stacking capacity: > 200 t


Vehicle requirements

In contrast to other harbor equipment, mobile harbor cranes do not place a burden on their tires when handling loads. However, when the crane is moved to a new location, a tire failure can disrupt the entire workflow and cause immense cost.

Although the period of use, the speed during the move and the distance are negligible, it is not uncommon that the tires of a mobile harbor crane never reach the end of their projected service life. The reasons lay in two highly destructive factors.

Due to the enormous tare weight of a mobile harbor crane, the strain on the tires is equally high. In addition, mobile harbor cranes are often moved in a straight line, which means the wear is increased by an uneven surface, rails and curbs.

Exposure to UV radiation is another negative factor. Since the mobile harbor cranes are not moving all the time, the tires can be exposed to destructive UV radiation over days and weeks. This accelerates the aging process of the rubber dramatically and leads to visible cracks in the tires surface


The Continental Solution

The new Continental CraneMaster range of tires makes use of the new V.ply technology that has its origin in racing tire technology. A mobile harbor crane fitted with CraneMaster tires is far better equipped to handle the daily demands of its operating conditions. 


The new Continental CraneMaster tire features an exceptionally sturdy tire construction for lower rolling resistance and longer service life. In terms of damping, this design allows a CraneMaster tire to rely not only on compressed air but also on the exceptionally sturdy tire construction itself. 

Reach Stacker
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Technical Data:Priorities:
- speed: up to 25 km/m- stability
- lifting height: > 12 m- agility
- tare weight: 70 - 80 t 
- stacking capacity: 3 - 5 high

 


Vehicle requirements

There are several tasks a reach stacker has to master all at once while stacking containers six high, it needs to move with the agility of a compact car and the steadiness of a tank.

A reach stacker handles enormous loads on single axles. Potholes and uneven surfaces can cause the vehicle to tilt, especially when it carries heavy loads at high speeds or while turning around a corner. Payloads are also often heavier than indicated. When handling such a container, a reach stacker can become unstable, which increases the risk of an accident.

The twin tire kissing effect also places the dual front tires under additional strain due to frequent contact between the inner-facing sidewalls. This leads to increased wear or in extreme cases to sudden tire failure with potentially fatal consequences. Surprisingly, the rear tires are under more of a burden. The reason is quite simple though. When the vehicle is not carrying a load, the enormous mass of the counterweight still places pressure on the rear tires. And it is precisely in this situation that the vehicles are driven at higher speeds than usual.

For smooth operation at full potential, a reach stacker requires tires with exceptional load capacity, superior damping properties and outstanding maneuverability.

 


The Continental Solution

Since harbor conditions differ, Continental offers two completely different types of tires to match the needs of every customer. Both are custom-designed to meet the requirements of a reach stacker, its operator and the working environment. 


The ContainerMaster has utterly strong sidewalls, improved protection against damage and a longer service life. Less internal movement, less rolling resistance, delayed aging and a better wear picture contribute to improved safety, better driving performance plus lower fuel consumption.


The massive DockMaster tire without any tread is ideal for reach stackers or vehicles used at limited speed or only occasionally. It is the perfect choice for a medium-speed reach stacker when outstanding longevity, robustness and puncture resistance are priorities. 

Rubber Tired Gantry Crane
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Technical Data:Priorities:
- stacking capacity: 7 - 8 high- load capacities
- crane span: 5 - 8 containers- steering on the spot
- safe work load: ca. 40 t


Vehicle requirements

The enormous weights that harbor cranes have to carry have two sources; firstly the weight of the payload and secondly the tare weight of the crane itself. Even though the crane travels quite modest distances at moderate speeds, it is not uncommon that the tires of a harbor crane hardly ever reach the end of their projected service life. The reasons might not be immediately obvious since the tires are rarely in actual use. Nevertheless, there are some highly destructive factors that specifically affect the service life of a harbor crane tire.

Firstly, it is the turning on the spot under load and at an extreme 90‑degree angle. In contrast to other vehicles, a rubber tire gantry crane does not move when its wheels are turned – a factor that adds tremendous stress to the tires.

Secondly, and ironically so, too little usage. Constant load on the same area of the tires leads to flat spots. When the deformed carcass is moved, the wear increases exponentially.

Thirdly, exposure to UV radiation.  Other than tires of vehicles that are constantly moving, the tires of a rubber tire gantry crane can be exposed to destructive UV radiation over days and weeks. The UV radiation accelerates the aging process of the rubber dramatically and leads to visible cracks in the tires surface.


The Continental Solution

The new Continental CraneMaster range of tires makes use of the new V.ply technology that has its origin in racing tire technology. A rubber tire gantry crane fitted with CraneMaster tires is far better equipped to handle the daily demands of its operating conditions. 


The new Continental CraneMaster features an exceptionally sturdy tire construction for lower rolling resistance and a longer service life. In terms of damping, this design allows a CraneMaster tire to rely not only on compressed air but also on the exceptionally sturdy tire construction itself.

Straddle Carrier
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Technical Data:Priorities:
- speed: up to 30 km/h- stability
- height: 12 - 15.5 m- overall safety
- tare weight: 70 t- service life (mileage)
- stacking capacity: 3 - 4 high, 50 t


Vehicle Requirements

Straddle Carriers are the ultimate high-performance workhorses, safely combining height, weight, speed and maneuverability in the terminal yard. It is exactly these important features and the extreme operating demands that cause high levels of tire wear and frequent tire damage.

All operators of straddle carriers know when braking hard, the vehicle risks going into a rocking and swaying motion. As the slip-stick effect causes single tires to lose surface contact, the vehicle starts to make uncontrollable movements. In this situation the driver is challenged to keep the straddle carrier under control.
In the worst case the cargo could twist and the vehicle could tip over – with potentially fatal consequences for man and machine.

For this reason the damping properties of the tires are crucial – only a tire with the necessary and correct stiffness can prevent the slip-stick effect and its serious consequences. Furthermore, a tire with these qualities provides driving stability and a safe workflow.

To use a straddle carrier to its full potential and ensure its smooth operation, tires with superior deflection properties plus outstanding maneuverability and braking capability are relied on.



The Continental Solution

The new Continental StraddleMaster with V.ply technology is specifically developed for straddle carriers and based on racing tire design.The cross-ply fiber carcass of high-resistance polymer is combined with an innovative shark fin tread pattern. 


The new Continental StraddleMaster carcass comprises multiple layers of high-tech fabric running diagonally from one bead to another at specially designed angles. The result is an extremely stable carcass, exceptionally strong sidewalls to protect against damages.

Terminal Tractor
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Technical Data:Priorities:
- speed: up to 40 km/h- low rolling resistance
- service weight: up to 15t- service life (mileage)


 

Vehicle requirements

Among all vehicles used in the harbor, terminal tractors clock up the highest mileage. This means that the tires on a terminal tractor have to accelerate more often, they have to brake more often and they have to corner more often than any other kind of tire in the harbor. They also have to operate in an environment that accelerates tire wear and hastens tire failure. Uneven surfaces with different and sometimes highly abrasive surfaces, potholes, bumps and foreign objects increase tire wear as well as tire failure.

No wonder that only a fraction of all tires used on terminal tractors reach the end of their projected service life. But it’s not always the environment that ends the life of a tire ahead of schedule. Since a vast number of tires just aren’t designed for use on terminal tractors, sometimes it is simply a case of the wrong tire in the wrong place.


Continental Solution

The best tire is the one that is custom-designed to meet the needs and demands of its operator and the working environment. That’s why Continental offers not less than three completely different types of tires to match the needs of every customer.


The Continental Terminal Transport tire is a real all-rounder: It provides low energy consumption, excellent wet grip and traction, ride comfort and even wear count at reasonable cost. 


The ContiRV20 is a massive radial tire for use in the most demanding conditions. Its highly resistant tread compound and closed shoulder design provide for outstanding longevity. 


The ContiRT20 is a radial tire with an open shoulder design. This design ensures good grip even on wet surfaces including ramps and rails. In addition, the independent tread blocks allow excellent maneuverability also when turning on the spot.


The TractorMaster is the high-performance radial tire for heavy tasks. Reinforced bead designs make light work of heavy loads. S-shaped cross ribs excel in all weathers, producing outstanding traction, while the closed shoulder design ensures an exceptionally quiet ride. What is more, the low-abrasion tread compound delivers outstanding mileage.

Terminal Trailer
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Technical Data:Priorities:
- load capacity: up to 40t            - puncture and damage resistance
- length: 12 - 14 m- low rolling resistance
- tare weight: ca. 9 t- service life (mileage)


Vehicle requirements

It doesn’t have to transmit steering forces, it doesn’t have to transmit driving forces, and all it has to do is roll. The requirements to a tire used on a terminal trailer may not be remarkably high; yet if a tire on a loaded trailer fails, the consequences can still be quite severe.

Terminal trailers have to operate in an environment that accelerates tire wear and tire failure due to uneven surfaces with different and sometimes highly abrasive surfaces, potholes and bumps. Not to mention foreign objects thrown up by the tires of the terminal truck ahead.

But it’s not always the harbor environment that shortens the life of a tire mounted on a terminal trailer. Since a vast number of tires simply aren’t designed for use on terminal trailers, it’s often merely a case of the wrong tire in the wrong place, causing it to fail way ahead of its projected service life.

Continental Solution

The best tire is the one that is custom-designed to meet the needs and demands of its operator and the working environment. That’s why Continental offers not less than three different types of tires to match the needs of every customer.


The Continental Terminal Transport tire is a real all-rounder: It provides low energy consumption, excellent wet grip and traction, ride comfort and even wear count at reasonable cost. 


The Continental Trailer is a solid tire with a treadles design for superior handling. The solid body eliminates the need to inflate the tire and the treadless running surface prevents the saw tooth wear, which causes vibrations. 


The ContRV20 is a massive radial tire for use in the most demanding conditions. Its highly resistant tread compound and closed shoulder design provide for outstanding longevity. 


The SC18 sets new standards in economy and environmental compatibility thanks to its low rolling resistance and low energy consumption. It’s the perfect tire for harsh applications on un-surfaced ground and is protected against cutting damage.

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