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January 4, 2019

Deals this week: Kalmar, Government of South Korea, Optimarin

Kalmar has received a contract from Maher Terminals to supply 26 new straddle carriers.

Kalmar has received a contract from Maher Terminals to supply 26 new straddle carriers.

The diesel-electric carriers will be delivered in the first quarter of this year.

With a 50t twin-lift capacity, the straddle carriers will support customisations developed jointly by Kalmar and Maher.

The carriers will be fitted with new mobile drives integrating a recently designed electrical system for the upper frame and spreader.

Kalmar carriers will be installed at Maher’s marine container terminal at the Port of New York and New Jersey in the US.

The Government of South Korea has selected Ocean Infinity to conduct search operations for a very large ore carrier (VLOC) named Stellar Daisy.

The vessel sank while transporting 260,000t of iron ore from Brazil to China in March 2017.

Ocean Infinity will mobilise its current fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) for the search operations.

The AUVs can operate in water depths between 5m and 6,000m, while they can function without being connected to the vessel during operations. The feature allows the AUVs to go deeper and collect higher quality data for a search operation.

“The AUVs can operate in water depths between 5m and 6,000m, while they can function without being connected to the vessel during operations.”

The AUVs integrate a side-scan sonar, a multi-beam echo-sounder, a sub-bottom profiler, a high-definition (HD) camera, a conductivity/temperature/depth sensor, and other solutions.

Norwegian firm Optimarin has been selected by Royal Caribbean International to deliver ballast water treatment (BWT) systems for three of its cruise ships.

Two of the Royal Caribbean ships, Independence of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas have already been installed with Optimarin’s United States Coast Guard (USCG) compliant optimarin ballast system (OBS). The third vessel in class, Grandeur of the Seas, will be retrofitted with Optimarin’s BWT system in the first quarter of this year.

The modular nature of the OBS allows it to be installed and retrofitted on any vessel type. The system uses a combination of automatic back-flushing, self-cleaning filters, and ultraviolet (UV) irradiation to neutralise all potentially invasive species in the water.

PSA Singapore and Ocean Network Express (ONE) have partnered to form a new container terminal joint venture (JV) at Pasir Panjang Terminal in Singapore.

Scheduled to start operations in the first quarter of this year, the JV will operate four mega container berths with a combined annual handling capacity of four million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

The JV will strengthen ONE’s port infrastructure and technologies by providing reliable terminal services.

The terminal is expected to enable ONE and its fleet to offer high-quality services and enhance productivity.

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