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Kalmar process automation solutions to help Port of Houston enhance the productivity and safety of its RTG operations



Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded a contract to supply the Port of Houston public container terminals with a suite of process automation solutions for its rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane fleet, located across two sites. The order, which comprises hardware installation and commissioning as well as system integration, was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q4 order intake, with the work scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.

The Port of Houston handles about two-thirds of all the containerised cargo in the US Gulf of Mexico. The port is implementing the Kalmar SmartMap and Kalmar SmartStack process automation solutions for its fleet of over 100 Konecranes RTGs. The implementation work involves retrofitting and commissioning hardware on the cranes and performing related system integration work to integrate the solutions with the port’s Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS).

Kalmar SmartMap provides real-time and historical visualisation of equipment location and container routing in the yard, while Kalmar SmartStack enables the creation of an automatically updated real-time stack container inventory in the TOS.
Mike Shaffner, Director Planning & Technology, Port of Houston: “Port Houston continually evaluates terminal solutions that will enhance operational performance and provide value to our customers and terminal users.”  

Mika Seppä, Senior Director, Customer and Project Services, Kalmar: “This order represents another significant vote of confidence in our process automation solutions for street-truck handling and is the largest single order for Kalmar SmartStack to date. The Port of Houston will join 52 other North American terminals which have deployed one or more Kalmar SmartPort solutions. We look forward to working with the Port of Houston to continuously develop and improve the SmartPort product suite.”

Further information for the press:

Mika Seppä, Senior Director, Customer and Project Services, Kalmar, tel. +1 562 618 4846

Maija Eklöf, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Kalmar, tel. +358 20 777 4096,

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2019 totalled approximately EUR 3.7 billion and it employs around 12,500 people.


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