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MSC boosts ‘mega’ Kalmar STS order
Latest order for five cranes rounds off a successful year for Kalmar STS business

Kalmar has received an order for five additional super post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes from MSC Home Terminal, Antwerp on top of the ten cranes ordered last year (the biggest European STS order ever). The new order, due for delivery in 2006, has been placed in response to anticipated future volume growth.

MSC Home Terminal is a joint venture between Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Hesse-Noord Natie NV, a subsidiary of the PSA Group. The first of the company ten STS cranes ordered last year has recently entered commercial operations, while a further three are on site and in various stages of assembly.


he latest order brings to 33 the number of STS cranes currently on Kalmar books. This total also includes eight cranes for PSA Antwerp, six for P&O Ports’ Antwerp Gateway, two for Rotterdam Shortsea Terminals and two for the Port of Guadeloupe.

Commenting on Kalmar performance in the STS crane market, President and CEO, Christer Granskog, said:

"Kalmar is committed to being a leading equipment provider to the European ship to shore crane market and I am delighted to report that we have succeeded in claiming thisa strong position. Our current order book is looking extremely strong.

In order to be able to deliver this extremely high order backlog in a short time frame our partnership with Hollandia – the Dutch steel structure manufacturer – is essential. It gives us the necessary upwards flexibility to meet this exceptionally high level of demand, but also gives us flexibility to adapt our capacity when the market returns to more normal levels."

The main parameters of Kalmar new ship-to-shore crane design are:

Safe working load on the ropes / under spreader 80/65 tonnes

Outreach 56 metres
Railspan 30 metres
Backreach25 metres
Hoisting height 38 metres
Hoisting depth 21 metres
Hoisting speed rated load / empty spreader90/180 metreS / minute

Trolley travelling speed 240 metres / minute
Gantry travelling speed 45 metres / minute

Notes to editors:

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 images read:

"A picture of the first Kalmar ship-to-shore crane in operation at MSC Home Terminal, Antwerp. A total of 15 Kalmar cranes have been ordered by this terminal operator."

"A panoramic photo taken from the boom-tip of one of the Kalmar cranes ordered by MSC Home Terminal, Antwerp."

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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