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ECT orders eleven more automated stacking cranes
from Kalmar to bring its fleet to 120

Rotterdam stevedore ECT is continuing with the expansion of its Delta container terminal, ordering eleven more automated stacking cranes (ASCs) from Kalmar Industries. When these are delivered ECT will have 120 such cranes operational at its Rotterdam terminals.

ECT developed the ASC concept together with Kalmar and introduced the first units into service in 1989. This most recent order follows on from six cranes ordered in December 2003, a contract which included a number of options. Eleven of these options have now been exercised and delivery of the final cranes in this latest order is expected in April 2005.

The new cranes are similar to previous units delivered recently to ECT in that they are capable of stacking 1 over 4 high and 6 containers wide.

ECT Europe Container Terminals is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings Group.

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Press information can be found on Kalmar website Simply click on News Room to be taken to a list of recent press releases or on Press Pictures to be taken to the Kalmar photo gallery.

The captions for the photographs read:

“A Kalmar automated stacking crane operating at ECT Delta Terminal in Rotterdam.

Kalmar is a global provider of heavy duty materials handling equipment and services to ports, intermodal traffic, terminals and demanding industrial customers. Kalmar focuses on supplying handling solutions that enable customers to operate with a high level of efficiency and reliability. Every fourth container or trailer transfer at terminals around the world is handled by a Kalmar machine.

Kalmar provides a large range of value added services such as maintenance contracts and fleet management. Manufacturing plants are situated in Sweden (as is the head office), in Finland, the Netherlands, Estonia, Malaysia, China and the USA.

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