Second Largest Container Operator Increases Belgium Fleet


The MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) at the Port of Antwerp, the second largest container operator in the world, will gain further capacity after an order was made for nine electric straddle carriers from Kalmar.

The straddle carrier terminal, a joint venture between TIL Group and PSA, handles more than 12,000 containers per day and is currently undergoing expansion in order to increase its handling capacity.

The nine new machines will join nine similar units delivered during 2016 and will be used alongside the MPET fleet of 21 Kalmar ship-to-shore cranes of which six were heightened by Kalmar in 2013.

The order was booked in Cargotec's Q1 2017 intake, with delivery scheduled for Q3 2017. 

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Dirk Oellibrandt, General Manager at MPET, said: “We value our relationship with Kalmar highly because of the excellent spare parts availability, equipment reliability and high-quality local maintenance services.

“As a straddle carrier terminal, we rely on Kalmar equipment to perform horizontal transportation, stacking and truck loading operations.

“These new machines will play a critical role in supporting our project to expand the terminal's capacity.”

Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President, Automation and Projects at Kalmar, said: “We are happy to continue helping MPET to boost their capacity at the Port of Antwerp.

“Kalmar electric straddle carriers are trusted by terminal operators the world over for their ability to boost the efficiency of operations as well as their excellent fuel efficiency and low noise.

“They feature a spacious, ergonomic cabin and intuitive user interface, comply with the latest exhaust emission regulations and can be fully automated.”

The New Port Project (NPP) in Qatar, one of the world's largest greenfield port developments, recently made an order with Kalmar for twenty-one forklifts, five empty container handlers, and four reachstackers.

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