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Kalmar Industries has received an order from P&O Ports Australia for six all-electric E-One rubber-tyred-gantry (RTG) cranes – three 8+1 wide and 1-over-5 high units for its Port Botany Container Terminal in Sydney and three 6+1 wide and 1-over-5 high for its Fremantle Terminal.

The RTGs are scheduled for delivery in late autumn 2006.

“Pictured: a Kalmar E-One rubber-tyred-gantry crane handling rail cargo at Terminal Container Athus, Belgium.
P&O Ports handles approximately 50% of all containers loaded and discharged in Australia and provides multi-purpose stevedoring and related materials handling services at over 30 ports around the country. To handle these volumes, the company relies heavily on a large fleet of RTGs, 20 of which are in service at the Port Botany Container Terminal in Sydney and nine of which are at the Fremantle Container and RoRo Terminal. The E-One order was placed as part of P&O Ports’ replacement programme for its RTG fleet.

Commenting on the order, Laurence Jones, General Manager Global Engineering and Asset Management, P&O Ports, says:

At P&O Ports, environmental concern comes second right after safety and the E-One incorporates a number of features ideal for productive and environmentally friendly operation.

Since its launch at the beginning of 2005, the E-One has won more than 100 orders from terminal operators around the globe, including Terminal Pacífico Sur Valparaiso in Chile, Terminal Container Athus in Belgium, Gateway Terminals in India, the Port of Bayonne's Global Terminal & Container Services, Mardas Port in Istanbul, Muuga Container Terminal in Estonia, Portuaria Regional de Cartagena in Colombia and Buenos Aires Container Terminal Services in Argentina.

The world first all-electric RTG, the E-One features a low-emission diesel engine and – thanks to the elimination of most hydraulics and the precision of all-electric movements – significant fuel savings. Moreover, because the E-One contains fewer critical mechanical components, there is less opportunity for mechanical failure – a significant boost to operational productivity.

E-One is without the need for hydraulics and is suited to any operation around the world. Key features include an all-electric wheel turning and gantry drive, an all-electric trolley, Full Control antisway and stabiliser, a PLC-controlled sway prevention system and all-electric and maintenance-free spreader and micro-movements.

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“Pictured: a Kalmar E-One rubber-tyred-gantry crane handling rail cargo at Terminal Container Athus, Belgium.

Kalmar is a global provider of container and heavy duty materials handling equipment, automation applications and related services. It is the world's leading supplier of cargo handling equipment to ports, terminals and intermodal facilities.

Every fourth container or trailer transfer at terminals around the world is handled by a Kalmar machine. The company also supplies a wide range of machines to demanding industrial customers for applications as diverse as handling steel and paper to shunting road trailers at distribution hubs.

Kalmar is also leading the way in port automation applications with its application of unmanned container handling technology, on-board smart features and remote maintenance products developed in co-operation with customers and partners.

Kalmar's product range is complemented by 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 1,147 million in 2005.
Kalmar is part of Cargotec Corporation, the world leading provider of cargo handling solutions, which are used in local transportation, terminals, ports, distribution centers, and ships. In 2005 Cargotec net sales exceeded EUR 2.3 billion. Cargotec class B shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

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