Cargotec’s Kalmar business area is set to deliver 32 diesel-electric straddle carriers to Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT) in Italy.

MCT is owned and operated by Terminal Investment Limited (TIL).

The order is scheduled to be delivered by the end of the fourth quarter of this year.

Terminal Investment Limited Equipment Engineering director Marc Desmons said: “MCT has relied heavily on Kalmar Straddle Carrier technology right from day one of operations, so it was only natural to continue this highly successful partnership when considering the options for renewing the equipment fleet.

“Kalmar machines are known for their excellent reliability and flexibility as well as the strong local maintenance support. Furthermore, Kalmar was able to guarantee a short delivery lead time, with all 32 new machines being delivered by the end of this year.”

Powered by a diesel-electric unit, the Kalmar Straddle Carrier provides better manoeuvrability, quiet operation and easy maintenance.

Its spacious cabin and intuitive user interface improves productivity by offering a better driving experience to operators.

“Its spacious cabin and intuitive user interface improves productivity by offering a better driving experience to operators.”

The Kalmar Straddle Carrier meets the latest exhaust emission regulations and can be retrofitted to enable full automation.

Kalmar Intelligent Horizontal Transportation Solutions sales director Aki Heikkinen said: “The new machines are joining an already large fleet of Kalmar Straddle Carriers and Mobile Equipment and will support the terminal in achieving its business objectives through maximising the productivity and efficiency of its operations.”

Located in the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro, MCT handled more than 50 million TEU since it began operations in September 1995, and has a handling capacity of 4.2 million twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) per annum.

Earlier this month, Kalmar secured an order to supply 16 terminal tractors to Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg CJSC.