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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Kalmar wins Colombian and Khazak port equipment orders

Crane manufacturer Kalmar has announced new orders for port equipment at Terminal Especializado de Contenedores de Buenaventura S.A. (TECSA) in Colombia as well as DP World’s KTZE - Khorgos Gateway in Khazakstan.

The Colombian order alone is valued at €25 million and will  include delivery of 14 Kalmar E-One2 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) and six Kalmar forklift trucks.  The deal was signed by terminal operator Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura S.A. (SPRBun).

"The quality and design of the Kalmar E-One² RTG proved to be commercially very attractive to us, and throughout our long-term relationship Kalmar has always offered us the most efficient solutions as well as spare parts supply. As we continue to grow, the possibility of adding Kalmar process automation in the future will help us to maximize productivity in our terminal,” Victor Julio Gonzalez, general manager of SPRBun, commented.

The TECSA facility is part of Colombia’s main Pacific port and a key focus for container, automobile and bulk cargo handling. Expansion plans at  the port aim to lift throughput to 850,000 TEU per year by 2020, up from the current 380,000 TEU per annum.

"It is particularly satisfying to have gained this major order that clearly underpins the longstanding partnership between SPRBun and Kalmar. We are committed to providing our customer with the best equipment and technology to deliver reliable performance, operational safety and optimum productivity at their terminal,” Troy Thompson, vice-president at Kalmar Americas said.

The Khazak order meanwhile is destined for the greenfield KTZE dry port project located on the border of Kazakhstan and China. It includes delivery of two Kalmar DCT80-45E7 empty container handlers and six Kalmar DRT 450 reachstackers, as well as seven Kalmar TT 612d terminal tractors together with ten terminal chassis for an undisclosed amount.

Designed as a logistics hub “providing Kazakhstan, China and countries of the Eurasian region with new opportunities for access to world markets” the port is joint owned by state-owned operator JSC "KTZ Express" and "Kazakhstan temir zholy" and is operated by "KTZE-Khorgos Gateway" LLP in cooperation with DP World.

"Khorgos Gateway is one of the biggest joint projects created on the initiative of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the People's Republic of China, and is aimed at facilitating trade with China, mainly in the development of transit potential of both countries,” Karl Gheysen, chief executive of KTZE Khorgos Gateway LLP said. 

 

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