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To cope with new business secured in October 2005 that will boost its container throughput by some 500,000 TEUs per year, the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) has ordered 24 4-high 7th generation Kalmar CSC 450 straddle carriers and six 7-high Kalmar empty container handlers for its facility at Kingston Container Terminal.

The additional throughput will exceed the 1.5m TEU theoretical terminal capacity. However, because land expansion is unfeasible in a short time frame, PAJ, with the help of Kalmar expertise, decided that the optimal solution would be additional stacking density. This will be achieved by the use of 4-high straddle carriers to increase the average stacking height of loaded containers and empty container handlers to block-stow empties and clear an additional footprint for loaded boxes.

The first units are to be handed over in April 2006, with delivery completion scheduled for July 2006. The order will bring the total number of straddle carriers in operation at Kingston to 74.

According to PAJ Vice President of Engineering and Development, Mervis Edgehill, the reasons for Kalmar success in procuring this project were down to the speed and reliability of the equipment, after-sales service and parts supply.

We have had a very positive long-term working history with Kalmar, right back from when Kingston took delivery of its first Kalmar straddle carriers in 1986.

Moreover, Kalmar understanding of our needs was reflected in its collaboration with us in devising the best solution for our capacity requirement problems and in its commitment to a speedy delivery period.

Kingston operates through two terminals – the Port Bustamante North Terminal and the Gordon Cay South Terminal. The facility first passed the 1 million TEU throughput mark in 2002 and has been averaging growth of 10% annually. This is the combined result of a good geographical location and a substantial transhipment cargo base.

Kingston Port is owned by PAJ while Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) is operated by AP Moller subsidiary, APM Terminals, under a 2002 joint venture agreement.

A decade ago PAJ recognised that the advantages of a straddle carrier system, namely the ability to stack higher and make better use of land area, were ideal for its needs. This latest order proves that the decision to choose straddle carriers was correct two decades ago and continues to be the right solution for the port today.

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"The Port Authority of Jamaica has chosen 24 4-high Kalmar straddle
carriers to complement its existing 3-high fleet and provide greater
stacking density at its Kingston terminal."

Kalmar is a global provider of container and heavy duty materials handling equipment, automation applications and related services. It is the world 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 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 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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Aija Kalander,

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