Kalmar adds to Forth Ports straddle carrier fleet

Kalmar straddle carrier

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will supply 12 diesel-electric straddle carriers to Forth Ports Limited.

The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2022 Q1 order intake, and delivery is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.

The Kalmar Straddle Carrier is driven by a highly efficient diesel-electric power unit and offers a spacious, ergonomic cabin and intuitive user interface for increased productivity. Kalmar has released that its straddle carrier complies with the latest exhaust emission regulations.

Seven of the machines will be operated at the London Container Terminal (Tilbury) and the remaining five at Forth Ports Grangemouth.

London Container Terminal, situated at the Port of Tilbury (London), is the largest of the eight ports owned by Forth Ports, with an annual throughput of 16 million tonnes per annum. The new machines will replace part of Forth Ports’ current fleet of nearly 40 Kalmar Straddle Carriers.

Forth Ports Grangemouth is Scotland’s largest port handling nine million tonnes of cargo each year, accounting for 30 per cent of Scotland’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Mikko Mononen, VP, Sales, EMEIA, Kalmar said: “We look forward to strengthening our long-standing and successful partnership with Forth Ports with the delivery of this new order, continuing our great working relationship that began in 2005.

“The 8th-generation machines include a number of refinements and improvements developed in close collaboration with customers and have proven to be a reliable and dependable choice.”

Earlier this month, Kalmar announced a new investment to upgrade and expand its manufacturing plant in Ottawa, Kansas.

The investment, worth close to €20 million ($21.3 million), is expected to double the plant’s annual production capacity and address growing demand for electrically powered terminal tractors.

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