Kalmar has secured a contract to provide four rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to Exolgan’s container terminal in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The deal covers a spare parts package delivery for the cranes, which will be equipped with hybrid drivelines. Delivery of the RTGs is expected to be carried out later this year.
Kalmar has developed the Hybrid RTG on the basis of its previous-generation model to deliver additional savings in fuel consumption as well as airborne and noise emissions. It will also reduce maintenance costs.
The machine combines new lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology with a fuel-efficient diesel power unit.
Li-ion batteries can be charged using a power unit and are designed to provide power for all the crane’s lifting and driving operations.
Exolgan engineering manager Carlos Mancini said: “Kalmar’s Hybrid RTG solution was the ideal choice for us since it will both help us reduce fuel costs and improve the sustainability of our operations by reducing noise and airborne emissions.
“We value our relationship with Kalmar and are looking forward to working together to increase performance and reliability at our terminal.”
Exolgan’s Buenos Aires-based terminal is a general cargo and container-handling port terminal that is strategically connected with road, rail and river transports.
Exolgan is part of International Trade Logistics (ITL) and currently handles one-third of Argentina’s total foreign trade container volume.
The company’s current fleet of Kalmar machines includes RTGs, empty container handlers, forklift trucks and reach stackers.