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‘Royal’ STS order for Kalmar

Bristol Port Company orders one Kalmar ship-to-shore container crane

Kalmar has received an order for one post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) container crane from the UK Bristol Port Company, destined for the Royal Portbury Dock. With an outreach of 45 metres, this heavy-duty crane will be capable of handling 17-wide containerships.

“Signing the contract for the new Kalmar STS crane are Simon Bird, Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Port Company (left) and Rene Kleiss, Vice President Cranes Kalmar Industries.

The crane is destined for the existing deepsea terminal in Bristol, which has a total quay length of 500 metres on which two ship to shore cranes are already in use.

Simon Bird, Chief Executive Officer of the Bristol Port Company, explains why the order went to Kalmar:

“At Bristol Port Company we attach a great deal of importance to the costs of ownership, reliability and productivity of our cargo handling equipment and in this respect Kalmar cranes have an excellent reputation. Furthermore we are very satisfied with the performance of our existing Kalmar fleet and the product support we receive through Kalmar Limited, which helps us provide efficient and reliable services to our customers.

David Fairweather, Managing Director Kalmar Limited, comments on the recent order:

“Kalmar has previously supplied various cargo handling equipment and services to The Bristol Port Company. In the last 5 years we have delivered reachstackers and light and medium lift-trucks. We are now delighted that the port has chosen Kalmar to supply its new ship-to-shore crane.

“Bristol Port Company has announced its intention to develop a tidal deepsea container terminal with an annual capacity of 1.5 million TEU. Furthermore we intend to support Bristol Port Company through Kalmar Intelligence and Automation (KIA) by advising on an optimal terminal layout. Among the services Kalmar Terminal Development can offer is the terminal simulation product Port-Optimizer.

Kees Derks, Sales Manager Kalmar Ship-to-Shore Cranes, adds:

“The design of the crane will be identical to that delivered recently to Interforest Rotterdam, with a single box girder and semi-rope trolley. More than 30 units of this proven and reliable design are now in day-to-day operation.

“It is also worth mentioning that the crane will be supplied with a state-of-the-art electronic anti-sway system including semi-automatic features. Furthermore the crane can be accessed through a Remote Monitoring Interface (RMI).

“Kalmar cranes have proven to be reliable, low-maintenance workhorses. Their exceptional quality and efficiency, combined with Kalmar reputation for delivering quickly and within agreed time frames has lead to significant growth in the STS segment.

The main parameters of this ship to shore crane are:

Safe working load on the ropes / under spreader 53/40 tonnes
Safe working load under hook 60tonnes
Outreach 45 metres
Railspan 20metres
Backreach 16metres
Hoisting height 36metres
Hoisting depth 15metres
Hoisting speed rated load / empty spreader60/120 metres / minute
Trolley travelling speed 180 metres / minute
Gantry travelling speed 45 metres / minute

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The caption for the photographs read:

“Signing the contract for the new Kalmar STS crane are Simon Bird, Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Port Company (left) and Rene Kleiss, Vice President Cranes Kalmar Industries.

“A general arrangement drawing of the Kalmar ship-to-shore crane for the Bristol Port Company.

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. Production plants are situated in Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, China and the USA. Kalmar net sales were EUR 865.4 million in 2004.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec Corporation, which is the world leading provider of cargo handling solutions for ships, ports, terminals and local distribution. Cargotec net sales were EUR 1.9 billion in 2004. Cargotec shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.


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