Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co., Ltd (RCI) have opened a new jetty in Taicang, China, to take deliveries of fully erect Kalmar yard cranes from RCI and support Kalmar's business growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
The jetty can berth vessels of up to 50,000 DWT capacities and is 361 metres long, with a water depth of 12 metres.
Timo Alho, Vice President Intelligent Crane Solutions at Kalmar, said: “Our RTG development is driven by safety, productivity and green values, which are very high on the industry agenda. To improve productivity, we have developed different driver assisting features that make it possible to squeeze seconds out from each container cycle. Automation is growing the demand for intelligent safety solutions, and we at Kalmar are developing automated RTGs that meet the demand.
“Nowadays, operators are very conscious about their carbon footprint. We provide RTGs with energy efficient hybrid power units and zero emission fully electric cranes, which are becoming more and more popular especially in Asia.”
RCI is a joint venture established in Taicang, Jiangsu Province, China, in 2012 between Cargotec Corporation and Jiangsu Rainbow Heavy Industries. RCI is responsible for the production of Kalmar rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG), automatic stacking cranes (ASC), rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMG) and ship-to-shore cranes (STS) for the global markets. The first RTG deliveries by the joint venture took place in 2013, and all deliveries have been completed on time and in budget.
The Asia-Pacific region is not the only area to recently see deliveries of Kalmar equipment as the DP World Southampton terminal in the UK recently received eight brand new straddle carriers from Kalmar as part of a multi-million pound investment and modernisation programme.