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Kalmar Industries has received an order from Vietnam Saigon Newport Company (SNP) for a further ten E-One rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, destined for Phase I of Tan Cang-Cai Mep International Container Terminal, currently under construction on the Thi Vai River as part of a greenfield port development just outside of Ho Chi Minh City.

Identical in design to the ten green, productive and uncompromising all-electric E-One RTGs ordered by SNP in April this year for its growing Cat Lai container facility, the 6+1 wide and 1-over-5 high units will come equipped with Kalmar container position verification system, Smartpath. Delivery is scheduled to be completed in November 2008.

Commenting on the latest order, Kaarlo Veräväinen, Kalmar RTG Crane Sales, Asia, said:

SNP had already evaluated the Kalmar E-One for its Cat Lai terminal, where productivity, ease of maintenance, green design and a high standard of after-sales service were key requirements. SNP needs at Cai Mep are no different and so, once again, the E-One was the obvious choice.

We have a strong relationship with SNP, having supplied them with reachstackers and terminal tractors over the years. We are excited that this relationship has now paved the way for us to play an increasinly important role in the company continuing growth – and, indeed, the ongoing development of Vietnam container industry – through the provision of a broader range of equipment, technology and services.

Construction of the first berth of the Cai Mep container terminal began at the beginning of this year. Phase 1, scheduled to open by the end of 2008, will feature a 300m-long berth and a 20 ha container yard capable of handling 650,000 TEU per year.

Under Phase 2, due for completion in 2010, SNP will complete the remaining 600m of berth and 40 ha of yard space, giving the terminal an annual handling capacity of 1.1 million TEU.

The Cai Mep terminal is the first part of the Cai Mep-Thi Vai International Port Complex development designed to serve Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai province and Ba Ria-Vung Tau province. As a deepwater river port located close to the sea, the Cai Mep International Container Terminal is expected to become a large transit port for the southern region of Vietnam.

SNP is also preparing to launch its Long Binh inland container depot (ICD). When the facility begins operations in 2008 it will feature 80 ha of container yard space and a fleet of Kalmar reachstackers.
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"Saigon Newport Company has ordered a further ten green E-One RTGs from Kalmar. The units will be delivered to its Tan Cang-Cai Mep International Container Terminal container facility by November 2008."

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 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 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 1.2 billion in 2006.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec Corporation, the world's leading provider of cargo handling solutions, which are used in local transportation, terminals, ports, distribution centres, and ships. In 2006 Cargotec net sales were EUR 2.6 billion. Cargotec class B shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

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