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Kalmar reputation for building reliable cranes is gaining ground across Europe. Recent orders include two super post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes for MSC Home Terminal in Antwerp, on top of the 15 cranes already delivered to the terminal in 2004, and one Panamax STS container crane for Sweden Helsingborgs Hamn AB, which will be the second largest crane working in Swedish ports.

Delivery of the MSC cranes is scheduled for the end of June 2007, while the Helsingborg cranes will be up and running by December of the same year.

Rene Kleiss, VP Container Cranes for Kalmar, says:

Building on many years of experience, Kalmar innovative crane design allows us to meet the specific requirements of our customers. The crane we are building for Helsingborgs Hamn, for example, incorporates our ground-breaking semi-rope design, which will allow the customer to comply with rigorous quayside rail load limits while retaining optimum lifting capacity.

The quality combined with our reputation for delivering quickly and within agreed time frames has lead to significant growth in the STS segment.

The Panamax STS crane ordered by Sweden Helsingborgs Hamn AB will be a heavy-duty crane capable of handling Panamax containerships in single or twinlift mode. It is destined for the existing terminal in Helsingborg, which has a total quay length of approx 250 metres on which one ship-to-shore crane is already in use.

Bengt Niklasson, Technical Manager at Helsingborgs Hamn AB, comments:

At Helsingborgs Hamn we attach a great deal of importance to the cost of ownership and the reliability and productivity of our cargo handling equipment. In this respect, Kalmar cranes have an excellent reputation. We are also very satisfied with the performance of our existing Kalmar terminal tractors and fork lift trucks, as well as the product support we receive through Kalmar Sweden AB, which helps us provide an efficient and reliable service to our customers.

On top of that, our requirements for twinlift capabilities and a working load of 80 tonnes while complying with the limited permissible rail loads on the quayside called for a semi-rope trolley system. Kalmar design will allow us to achieve higher working loads with a limited wheel load.

Mr Kleiss adds:

The design of the crane is based on Kalmar experience of the single box girder, semi-rope trolley concept, adapted to incorporate state-of-the-art twinlift container handling technology. The crane will also be supplied with the latest electronic anti-sway system, including semi-automatic features, and will be accessible from Kalmar Remote Machine Interface (RMI) monitoring and maintenance system.
The main parameters of the STS crane designs are:

MSC Home Terminal
Safe working load on the ropes / under spreader80/65 tonnes
Outreach56 metres
Railspan30 metres
Backreach25 metres
Hoisting height41 metres
Hoisting depth21 metres
Hoisting speed rated load / empty spreader90/180 metres / minute
Trolley travelling speed 240 metres / minute
Gantry travelling speed 45 metres / minute
Helsingborgs Hamn
Safe working load on the ropes / under spreader82/65 tonnes
Outreach37 metres
Railspan18 metres
Backreach12 metres
Hoisting height30 metres
Hoisting depth18 metres
Hoisting speed rated load / empty spreader60/100 metres / minute
Trolley travelling speed140 metres / minute
Gantry travelling speed45 metres / minute

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MSC Home Terminal in Antwerp has ordered a further two Kalmar super post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes which will join the 15 Kalmar cranes already in operation at the terminal in summer 2007.

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 centres, 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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