Kalmar, a part of Cargotec Corporation, has agreed to supply 32 diesel-electric straddle carriers to Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT), the largest facility of its kind in Italy.
Located in Gioia Tauro, a mega-port capable of accommodating the largest vessels deployed on Asia-Mediterranean routes, MCT is owned and operated by Terminal Investment Limited (TIL).
TIL previously shared ownership of the terminal with equal stakeholder CSM Italia Gate, before striking a deal with the Italian terminal operator to take full control of MCT.
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According to a statement, the facility has handled more than 50 million TEU since it began operations in September 1995 and currently has an annual throughput capacity of 4.2 million TEU.
During this time, Kalmar and MCT have established a strong relationship, the lifting solutions provider delivering a total of 164 straddle carriers since the terminal opened.
Kalmar has emphasized that its straddle carrier is driven by a highly efficient diesel-electric power unit that offers improved manoeuvrability, quiet operations and easy maintenance.
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The machine also complies with exhaust emission regulations and can be retrofitted to enable full automation.
Marc Desmons, Equipment Engineering Director at TIL, said: “MCT has relied heavily on Kalmar Straddle Carrier technology right from day one of operations, so it was only natural to continue this highly successful partnership when considering the options for renewing the equipment fleet.
“Kalmar machines are known for their excellent reliability and flexibility as well as the strong local maintenance support. Furthermore, Kalmar were able to guarantee a short delivery lead time, with all 32 new machines being delivered by the end of this year.”
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Aki Heikkinen, Sales Director for Intelligent Horizontal Transportation Solutions at Kalmar, added: “It's fantastic to further strengthen our partnership with MCT with this latest order, and we're proud that our straddle carriers will continue to play a key role at the terminal.
“The new machines are joining an already large fleet of Kalmar Straddle Carriers and Mobile Equipment and will support the terminal in achieving its business objectives through maximising the productivity and efficiency of its operations.”