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Kalmar has secured an order from Finnsteve Oy Ab for four ship-to-shore (STS) cranes to be used at the new Vuosaari Port in Finland. The cranes will be capable of servicing post-Panamax vessels in twin-lift operation, while preparations will be made for future tandem-lift operation. The cranes will be up and running by November 2008.

Vuosaari in Helsinki, Finland will be one of the most modern ports in the Baltic Sea when completed in 2009. The operating activities of the two existing smaller Helsinki ports will be moved there at the end of 2008. By this time, traffic channels will be ready, along with most of the business park.

Finnsteve specialises in the handling of unitised cargo (containers, trucks and trailers) at the Ports of Helsinki, Kotka and Turku. Activities include stevedoring for scheduled liner traffic, the operation of cargo and service terminals, container depot and repairs, and customs clearance.

Kalmar reputation for building reliable cranes is gaining ground across Europe. Recent orders include one STS crane for the Port of Oslo new Sjursøya Container Terminal, which will begin to operate at the end of next year; two super post-Panamax 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. Deliveries are scheduled for 2007.

Rene Kleiss, VP Container Cranes for Kalmar, says: “The quality of Kalmar cranes combined with our reputation for delivering quickly and within agreed time frames has lead to significant growth for Kalmar ship-to-shore-cranes.
The characteristics of the STS cranes ordered from Finnsteve are:
Lifting capacity on the ropes82 tons (twin-lift operation)
Lifting capacity on the ropes100 tons (tandem-lift operation)
Outreach46 metres
Rail gauge30.48 metres
Backreach20 metres
Hoisting height above rail36 metres
Hoisting depth below rail13.5 metres
Hoisting speed75 m/min with 82 tons on the ropes
150 m/min with 27 tons on the ropes
Trolley travelling speed 210 metres / minute
Gantry travelling speed 45 metres / minute
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The caption for the photograph reads:

"The new order for four ship-to-shore cranes from Finnsteve reinforces Kalmar's reputation for building reliable cranes. Pictured are Kalmar STS cranes at MSC Home Terminal in Antwerp."

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.