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APM Terminals has placed an order with Kalmar for 20 SHC250H Shuttle Carriers for its new state-of-the-art container terminal on the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth, Virginia. The 50-ton machines, due for delivery between April and November 2007, will be equipped with extendable twinlift spreaders.

APM Terminals Virginia, expected to be operational by 2008, is the largest private terminal in US history. It will initially provide 977m of deepwater berth space and an annual container handling capacity of one million TEU. As well as shuttle carriers, the 230-acre automated facility will operate with 100-ton lift capacity ship-to-shore cranes, cassettes and translifters, and automated stacking cranes. The facility represents a major investment for APM Terminals and is expected to dramatically improve container handling capabilities on the US East Coast.

Commenting on this latest order, Juhani Lukumaa, President, Kalmar Container Handling, said:

Back in the 1990s, Kalmar identified that the future of container handling would see the emergence of mega container terminals servicing ships capable of carrying 10,000 TEU or more. Such terminals would require handling equipment that could contribute to fast turnaround times, high productivity and cost efficiency. It was out of this vision that Kalmar Shuttle Carrier concept was born and first introduced to the market in spring 2001. With APM Terminals Virginia, that mega terminal we envisioned a decade ago has become a reality.

The fact that APM Terminals has opted for the many benefits offered by the Shuttle Carrier design is testament to Kalmar vision and design expertise.

The Shuttle Carrier caters specifically to the needs of large, busy container facilities by providing fast and flexible transportation between the ship-to-shore (STS) crane and the terminal stacking area. A self-loading piece of equipment, the so-called one-over-one unit improves STS crane productivity by eliminating unnecessary waiting times on the quayside. This is because neither the crane nor the Shuttle Carrier needs to wait for the other but can instead operate independently and at full speed at all times. Moreover, less yard equipment is needed as the Shuttle Carrier can lift, transport and stack containers.

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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 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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