Kalmar to provide 23 diesel-electric straddle carriers for Transnet Port Terminals

14 November 2016 (Last Updated November 14th, 2016 18:30)

Kalmar, a unit of Cargotec, has been contracted to provide 23 diesel-electric straddle carriers to Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) Durban Pier 2, which is a straddle carrier operation in South Africa.

Kalmar, a unit of Cargotec, has been contracted to provide 23 diesel-electric straddle carriers to Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) Durban Pier 2, which is a straddle carrier operation in South Africa.

Durban Pier 2 currently handles a throughput of 2.6 million twenty foot equivalent units (TEU) of cargo.

Under the new deal, Kalmar will also supply a straddle carrier simulator, which will be used for training purposes at the site.

"The machine structures will be built locally in Durban with the partnership of Transnet Engineering."

Transnet Port Terminals procurement acting general manager Thandi Sabelo said: "Kalmar fulfilled our requirements and was able to provide a solution that supports our efforts to develop the local capability and enhance sustainability within our workforce, through training capabilities and technological knowhow.

“The machine structures will be built locally in Durban with partnership of Transnet Engineering, this is an important milestone to our quest to advance local supplier development initiatives."

Deliveries of the diesel-electric straddle carriers and the simulator are set to be completed by next year.

Kalmar intelligent horizontal transportation solutions senior sales manager Pekka Helimo said: "Our previous straddle carrier delivery was completed in October 2014 and Transnet already operates a substantial fleet of Kalmar straddle carriers in their Durban terminal.

“We are committed to support our customer on site with a dedicated local service team."

The company noted that its diesel-electric straddle carriers, which will be delivered to TPT, has a single lift system with lifting capabilities of 40t.

Kalmar’s straddle carriers include a new power line that features low fuel consumption and enhanced serviceability.

Last month, the company secured a deal to provide six T2 terminal tractors and one DCF80-45E7 empty container handler to Gulftainer Lebanon.