Chile-based SAAM has finalised an order with Cargotec subsidiary Kalmar for the delivery of 16 Kalmar Ottawa T2 terminal tractors for its Chile and Ecuador terminals.

The delivery of the tractors is scheduled for the last quarter of the year.

Five of the tractors will be used at SAAM’s Guayaquil terminal in Ecuador, while the remaining 11 will be employed at San Antonio Terminal Internacional in Chile.

The Kalmar Ottawa T2 Terminal Tractor is available in DOT/EPA-certified and off-road configurations and features an ergonomic cabin, easy-to-access service points and fast fifth-wheel lifting, which helps to improve maintenance and checks.

The tractors will feature Kalmar Insight performance management tool that will enable the SAAM team to obtain data, including fuel consumption, running hours, production and idle time and other important operational indicators in real time.

The information will be helpful in monitoring performance, use of equipment, scheduled maintenance work and ensuring improved operations.

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SAAM Port Terminals Division managing director Mauricio Carrasco said: “We have chosen to continue with Kalmar terminal tractors when expanding our equipment fleet because we know they will deliver the operational efficiency and safety that we expect.

“Furthermore, our organisations share a common goal to deliver excellent customer service while respecting the environment and communities where we operate.”

Kalmar Latin America vice-president Eduardo Prat said: “We are very pleased to continue our strong relationship with SAAM and delighted that they have selected the proven Kalmar Ottawa T2 for their fleet expansion programme.

“SAAM has ambitious plans for the future and we are looking forward to helping the company maintain its position as a leading provider of port terminal, towage and logistics services in the Americas.”

In November last year, Kalmar won a contract to supply 38 Ottawa T2 terminal tractors for DP World-owned Caucedo marine terminal in the Dominican Republic.