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cargo units operation for Port of Kotka

Kalmar has received an order from Steveco Oy in Kotka, Finland for nine TRX-252 tractors to be used to move 95-tonne Stora Enso cargo units (SECU) in the port. The machines will be delivered in June 2005.

Handling of the SECUs is due to begin in July at Steveco Hietanen terminal in the Port of Kotka. The SECU container concept has been developed to improve efficiency in transporting paper via Gothenburg to Zeebrugge, Tilbury and Immingham. The empty SECUs arrive back in Kotka from Gothenburg and are re-loaded with cargo in the terminal and then shipped back.

Kalmar has already delivered 11 TRX-252 tractors to Göteborgs Hamn AB in the Port of Gothenburg and to the Sea-Ro Terminal in Zeebrugge. These terminal tractors are already employed in the movement of SECUs.

When loaded, SECUs weigh around 95 tonnes and feature a heavy casing to protect goods from weather and wind. These containers are the heart of Stora Enso North European logistics system.

The existing traffic between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge, currently serving Stora Enso Swedish mills, will be expanded to include the South Finnish mills. This will increase the need for SECUs by a further 1,000, bringing its total fleet to 1,900 units.

The tractors themselves have been built specifically to handle the 95-ton SECUs and are the most powerful machines in the manufacturer terminal tractor range. The 15 ton TRX-252 is equipped with an 11-litre, 246 kw engine and ZF 6WG-260 automatic transmission. Its wheelbase measures 3.6 metres and the fifth wheel has been built to accommodate a 3.5-inch kingpin.

Special modifications have even been made to the driver location. On the TRX-252 the cabin has been moved further out to the side, improving visibility by enabling him to see down the side of the SECU whilst moving it.

The TRX-252 tractor also benefits from a variable displacement hydraulic system, a method that ensures the engine is only under full load when necessary. As a result, more power is available for machine operation and excessive oil recycling is no longer a problem. This effectively reduces the build up of heat and also saves on fuel. Volume-controlled hydraulics ensure that lifting and lowering work can be completed faster.

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"The Kalmar TRX-252 tractors ordered by Steveco Oy are designed specifically to handle 95-ton SECUs. Pictured is a TRX-252 in operation at the Port of Gothenburg."

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, Malaysia, China and the USA.

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