Port Otago opts for Kalmar straddle carriers

  • New Zealand terminal operator orders two diesel electric straddle carriers for delivery this year

New Zealand container handling operator Port Otago has ordered two diesel electric straddle carriers from Cargotec subsidiary Kalmar for its container facility in Port Chalmers, Dunedin.

The straddle carriers will be delivered to Port Otago by the end of 2013.

Port Otago has also purchased Kalmar SmartFleet, a system that helps maintain operations more effectively and relay equipment information remotely to supervisors. As part of the agreement, Kalmar's Australian team will provide maintenance support to the equipment and Port Otago existing fleet, with spare parts being supplied directly from the company’s regional parts warehouse in Melbourne.

This latest order of 50-tonne capacity ESC 450W straddle carriers continues a longstanding partnership between the two companies.

“These Kalmar machines will be our first diesel electric straddles,” said Port Otago’s general manager of infrastructure, Lincoln Coe.

“The straddle's 1 over 3 capability together with Smart Fleet will position Port Otago to reduce operational costs whilst increasing the density and throughput of our container terminal in the medium to longer term.”

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