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2008-05-08 South Africa: Transnet Port Terminals aims higher


Kalmar Industries, part of Cargotec Corporation, has been awarded a contract by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) of South Africa to supply 30 CSC440 straddle carriers for its operations at Durban Container Terminal (DCT) in the Port of Durban. The new order further strengthens the long-term partnership between the two parties and cements Kalmar position as TPT preferred supplier of yard handling equipment to South Africa busiest container port. The machines will be delivered starting in July 2008 with the final units arriving January 2009.

The CSC440 straddle carriers being supplied to TPT will feature Kalmar's proven 7th generation technology consisting of an enhanced CAN-bus PLC diagnostics system, fly-by-wire controls and PLC-controlled engines, and a hydrodynamic drive system.

Due to the rapid growth of cargo volumes at the Port of Durban, the new machines from Kalmar will enable TPT to stack even higher. Durban Container Terminal currently operates with a mix of 3- and 4-high stacking blocks. With its new fleet of Kalmar straddle carriers – all capable of stacking 1-over-3 high and lifting 40 tonnes – the yard stacking density will quickly increase, producing more desirable productivity levels.

Mr Logan Naidoo, Capital Projects General Manager, TPT, comments:

With container traffic in South Africa on the rise, we needed a fast and cost-effective solution to accommodate the demand for more storage capacity at Durban Container Terminal.

Like the many times before, TPT turned to Kalmar for assistance in flexibly converting the terminal storage capacity because of its continuous offer of reliable equipment and expert service.

Early in 2008, Kalmar received a request from Transnet Limited, parent company of TPT, for 22 E-One+ rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes for the country newest port development, Port of Ngqura, on the Eastern Cape. This order was in response to the terminal operator great success with Kalmar equipment at its other South African facilities. TPT deploys 18 E-One RTGs and two Kalmar reachstackers at its Pier 1 Container Terminal, as well as more than 140 Kalmar straddle carriers at its operations in Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Also this year, TPT engaged Kalmar to provide a comprehensive maintenance contract for all of its rubber-tyred equipment operating at Pier 1.

Durban is Africa's busiest port and has the southern hemisphere largest and best-equipped container terminal. The Port of Durban handled 2 million TEU in 2007 and expects a sizable increase in 2008.
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“Kalmar received an order for 30 CSC440 straddle carriers from South Africa Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) for its operations at Durban Container Terminal in the Port of Durban. The new units are in addition to the more than 140 straddle carriers Kalmar has delivered to TPT container terminals in Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

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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