First Kalmar RTGs for Egypt
By Katherine Weir14 March 2016
Global cargo handling company, Kalmar - part of Cargotec - will deliver four Kalmar E-One2 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to Damietta Container & Cargo Handling Company (DCHC) in Damietta, Egypt. The order has been booked into the 2015 fourth quarter order intake for Cargotec with a delivery and start-up date in 2016.
The Kalmar RTGs were ordered to boost container handling capacity as transshipment is increasing in the Suez Canal area - an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt - Kalmar explained. DCHC is one of the largest container terminals on the Mediterranean side of Egypt, with ongoing capacity expansion planned to cater to the increasing operational requirements of customers, the company said.
Mika Virtanen, vice president for RTG and STS cranes at Kalmar, said, “We are delighted to have gained this valuable order from a new RTG market for us. As terminal operators gear up for higher container throughput, our RTGs can deliver improved efficiency and cost reduction at various terminals around the globe.”
DCHC selected diesel-electric Kalmar E-One2 RTGs to facilitate the expansion of its operations as they considerably improve handling efficiency and lower operating costs, the company said. The cranes can handle 7+1 wide with 1 over 5 high stacking and a maximum lift capacity of 41 tonnes. The contract includes spare parts, training for operators and technicians as well as inspection services for the cranes.