Kalmar, a cargo handling solutions provider, has agreed a deal to supply two Kalmar ship-to-shore (STS) cranes to South Caribbean terminal operator Curaçao Port Services B.V.
The Panamax size cranes will be used to modernize container handling operations at the Willemstad Container Terminal in Curaçao, an island located around 35 miles off the north-western coast of Venezuela.
Curaçao Port Services B.V. currently operates two Nelcon-Kalmar STS cranes at Willemstad, the island’s largest port with an average annual throughput of roughly 100,000 TEU.
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The new cranes, which are set to be delivered to Willemstad by the end of 2019, will have an outreach of 39 meters, under-spreader height of 32 meters and capacity of 40 tons under spreader for single lift operation.
Fernando Da Costa Gomez, Managing Director of Curaçao Port Services B.V., said: “We chose Kalmar because of their reliability, high technological expertise and wide service network.
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“We have a long relationship with them and expect these new cranes to improve our productivity, safety and eco-efficiency as well as decrease our maintenance costs.”
Ilkka Annala, Vice President of Intelligent Crane Solutions at Kalmar, also commented on the agreement: “This order from our long-standing customer proves Kalmar's commitment to continue delivering reliable and efficient ship-to-shore cranes to customers.
“Our comprehensive offering and widest service network on the market enables us to provide technical support to the customers globally.”
The future role of container yards is still uncertain, although “change is most certainly on the horizon”, according to Tomi Tuulkari, Kalmar’s Director of Product Management
Kalmar, a part of Cargotec Corporation, has been selected to increase four ZPMC ship-to-shore cranes located in the Port of Le Havre