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Vietnam International Container Terminals (VICT) has made an agreement to purchase 17 Kalmar E-One+ rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes for handling a sharp rise in container traffic at its Ho Chi Minh City facility.

The 6+1 wide and 1-over-6 high units will offer VICT improved productivity and a more reliable operation, not to mention the intrinsic environmental benefits of Kalmar green, productive and uncompromising all-electric E-One+ model.

The new units will replace some of the older RTGs at the facility. The Kalmar RTGs will be delivered between 2008 and 2010.

VICT turned to Kalmar again for the supply of innovative equipment after experiencing great success in the operation of its Kalmar DRF450-75S5XS reachstacker, specially engineered for barge handling.

Joseph Wann, Managing Director of VICT, says: “VICT is strategically located at the crossroads of inland transport serving both road and waterways, therefore, it was paramount that our boom in containerised traffic be handled in a safe, productive and cost-efficient way. We believe Kalmar innovative and versatile machines will serve our operations well.

I’m confident that the E-One+ RTGs from Kalmar will maximise our terminal efficiency as well as optimise the space available for container handling, adds Mr Wann.

Working with five ship-to-shore cranes, RTGs and reachstackers, VICT handled 572,020 TEU in 2007.

RTG operations fuel Vietnam growth
Requests for Kalmar E-One+ RTGs in Vietnam have gone from strength to strength with repeat orders from Saigon Newport Company (SNP) in 2007. The port operator has ordered a total of 20 RTGs for Phase I of its 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.

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.
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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's net sales were EUR 1.343 billion in 2007.

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 2007, Cargotec's net sales were EUR 3.018 billion. Cargotec's class B shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

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