Kalmar, a part of Cargotec, has secured an order for 12 straddle carriers from Patrick Terminals, Australia’s leading terminal operator.
Delivery of the order, consisting of eight automated Kalmar AutoStrad units and four manually operated straddle carriers, is being timed for completion during the second quarter of 2020.
Four of the AutoStrad carriers will be delivered to Patrick Terminals’ Brisbane AutoStrad terminal, while a further four will operate at Sydney AutoStrad. The manual straddle carriers will add to the existing fleet of machines in Melbourne.
Patrick Terminals is the principal container terminal operator at the four key Australian ports of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle.
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Michael Jovicic, chief executive officer for Patrick Terminals, said: “We've been relying on Kalmar straddle carrier solutions to keep our automated and manual operations running safely and efficiently for many years.
“When considering our options for renewing our straddle carrier fleet, it was a straightforward decision to continue our long-standing collaboration.”
Kalmar senior vice president for automation and projects, Tero Kokko added: “We have developed a highly successful partnership with Patrick Terminals over the years, with our straddle carrier solutions forming the backbone of the fleet at their terminals.
“We have come a long way since the first ever commercial operation of the Kalmar AutoStrad at the company's Brisbane terminal, and we are delighted to continue the story with this new order.”