Antwerp Trains Straddle Carrier Drivers
Training centre OCHA has ordered a second Kalmar electric straddle carrier to meet increasing demand for trained straddle carrier drivers at the Port of Antwerp and abroad.
OCHA belongs to the association that represents trading companies, shipping and freight employers at the port.
Alongside delivering a new straddle carrier, the Finnish equipment manufacturer will refurbish an existing straddle carrier.
With increasing container volumes, there is constant demand for trained drivers.
There are already four straddle carrier operators at the port, but the new machine will help OCHA expand its training capacity significantly.
OCHA trained 3,070 people in 2016 and conducted 659 training programs for port workers.
Port workers on the straddle carrier training programme spend one week training with simulators, then two weeks training with real machines.
Ann Baats, Manager at OCHA, said: "Our operations have grown steadily over the years, from a relatively small training centre to a larger-scale comprehensive training facility with special focus on crane and straddle carrier operations.”
“Kalmar equipment supported by a comprehensive maintenance contract will continue to play a key role in facilitating our multifaceted training offering, ensuring a safe, high quality and productive workforce in the Port of Antwerp and abroad."
Damien Cols, Director, Strategic Accounts at Kalmar, said: "We are pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with OCHA by providing reliable equipment that offers the best possible hands-on training experience.
“We understand how valuable this training is in supporting safe and efficient cargo handling."