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South African Port Operations (SAPO), the terminal operating division of South Africa transportation conglomerate Transnet Limited, is continuing its mutually beneficial relationship with Kalmar Industries with an order of 12 all-electric E-One, 6+1 wide and 1-over-5 high rubber-tyred-gantry (RTG) cranes. The Kalmar E-One is the world first all-electric RTG.

The units to SAPO will be equipped with Kalmar Smartrail autosteering and container position verification technology. Six machines will be delivered to the Port of Durban Pier One development in spring 2007 and the remaining six in autumn 2007.

Due to a substantial increase in the volume of cargo handled in the Port of Durban – the busiest port on the African continent – a second container terminal, known as Pier One, has been developed in the Port. At present, Durban handles 1.8m TEU and by 2007 it will have a capacity of 2.4m TEU.

The 12 E-Ones ordered by SAPO is a step towards developing Pier One into a world-class facility. Furthermore, they are the first ever RTGs that SAPO has ordered from Kalmar which has supplied over 130 straddle carriers to SAPO facilities in the past five years.

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 New York and New Jersey 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.

As the world first all-electric RTG, the E-One features a low-emission diesel engine and – thanks to the elimination of 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 failure – a significant boost to operational productivity.

The E-One does not use hydraulics and is suited for operation anywhere in 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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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.

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