Improving occupational safety at container terminals calls for culture change, new technical solutions and industry-wide standardisation. "Safety first" is a phrase that is commonly heard in almost any field of industry. But what does it mean in practice? Antti Kaunonen, President of Kalmar discusses the different sides of occupational safety.
Occupational safety always goes hand in hand with the general culture of the company. If your safety records are good, the rest of your operations will very likely be well organised too, and vice versa.
It’s been six years since Kalmar rolled out its first Generation G product, a medium range forklift truck. This forklift and its various applications to other products have received rave reviews, which is why Kalmar is optimistic about its customers’ response to the new DCG50-90 industrial diesel forklift.
The number one reason people buy Kalmar products is their quality and durability. An idling forklift costs money, and that should be part of the cost calculations.
A self-professed workaholic, entrepreneur and passionate football fan, Mr Wu Jian first struck up a partnership with Cargotec’s marine business MacGregor some fifteen years ago that eventually led to the establishment of a joint venture between Cargotec Corporation and Jiangsu Rainbow Heavy Industries.
The teamwork and unifying support from Kalmar is something I’ve always appreciated deeply.
Kalmar and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries (RCI) celebrated the grand opening of a new Jetty in Taicang, China in the beginning of March. The new jetty will anchor and spur Kalmar’s growth in the Asia-Pacific region by making possible delivery of fully assembled Kalmar yard cranes from RCI.
The completion of the Runhe Pier is a remarkable achievement from RCI and it demonstrates our shared vision for the future.
Converting to automated operations requires a major change in practices and attitudes, not only for the terminal’s maintenance team but also for operations and IT. Most significantly, the focus of maintenance moves from reactive ad hoc repairs to a targeted preventive maintenance program. At automated terminals, IT is no longer a separate department but a critical function that needs to integrate seamlessly with operations and maintenance.
How do you view a container terminal? Often, people compare a terminal to a production line, and try to make it work more like one. The purpose of a production line is to get something produced, finished and shipped out the door as quickly as possible. Optimisation is all about eliminating delays, delivering components just in time, and minimising any redundant capacity in the system. However, a container terminal is not a linear industrial process, nor can it be optimized like one. VP Offering Development Frank Kho discusses the role of a container terminal.
A container terminal is a service, not a production line. The service that it provides is to link different modes of transportation, each with radically different container handling patterns.
As the world’s second largest operator of ro-ro container vessels approaches its 100th anniversary, Kalmar is playing an increasingly important role in helping Gruppo Messina manage expanding volumes at Italy’s busiest port. “We have always required – and received – the full co-operation of Kalmar staff, both in relation to day-to-day problem solving and long term servicing,” says Roberto Ferrari, CEO, Intermodal Marine Terminal.
The reliability of the K placed Kalmar on the short list of suppliers. Pricing and local availability of the service workshop provided the added value for selecting the equipment.
K-Motion is playing a vital role in maximizing container transfer efficiency at New Zealand’s largest port, The Port of Tauranga, with impressive reductions in fuel costs and equipping stevedores to meet future volume growth. “We need to ensure that our machinery is safe, efficient and reliable in order to meet service and timeline expectations set by the ever expanding container terminal,” says Shayne Jenkins, General Manager, Quality Marshalling.
We were looking for reduced fuel consumption per hour of use and improved operator comfort and controls, as well as environmental benefits, such as lower emissions and reduced operating noise.
Kalmar’s new president Antti Kaunonen knows automation inside out, and he wants to draw on that knowledge to boost terminal operations and improve performance worldwide. He wants to show the customers the benefits that automation offers them. “The port and terminal industry is 10-15 years behind other industry sectors in leveraging automation and software. Raising the level of automation is the common target of both our customers and Kalmar. It will happen, the only question is when.”
The port and terminal industry is 10-15 years behind other industry sectors in leveraging automation and software. Raising the level of automation is the common target of both our customers and Kalmar. It will happen, the only question is when.
For pop culture fans around the world, Nashville, Tennessee, is synonymous with country music and the iconic Grand Ole Opry. But it is also home to Alley-Cassetty Truck Center, one of America’s top Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractor dealerships. And for 36 years, Alley-Cassetty has been striking just the right note with customers with top-notch service. “The sale does not end when the truck is sold. The relationship continues for many years, and we’ve built the business on that basis,” says General Manager Tommy Woodliff.
The sale does not end when the truck is sold. The relationship continues for many years, and we’ve built the business on that basis.
One of the secrets to Kalmar’s technological leadership in terminal equipment and automation is its Technology and Competence Centre in Tampere, Finland. Here over a hundred R&D professionals develop and test ideas that shape the future of cargo handling. Kalmar invested approximately EUR 35 million in the construction of the centre. The new platform is a one of a kind in the world.
It is the world’s largest automated inland harbour where we can carry out complete end-to-end container handling operations automatically on a small scale.
Ports are a key factor to Algeria's economy. There are ten large public harbours sitting on some 1,300 km of seashore spaced at 100 to 150 km. With these geographic and economic circumstances, it's vital to have top-notch port cargo handling equipment to keep this sector of the economy humming. To this end, Algeria's harbours have invested heavily in Kalmar machinery. Excellent machinery keep Algeria’s vital ports sailing and growing.
Ever since Cargotec landed in France and Algeria, we have invested heavily in Kalmar machinery.
Kalmar’s next generation of empty container handlers offers unprecedented flexibility with a wide range of lifting and lowering capacities and performance options.
The machine features a new generation of attachments for either single or double container handling.
Recently, Kalmar came up with a new service concept for spare parts, as an answer to many customers’ worries about availability and pricing. Tom Jaatinen, Regional Director Spare Parts, APAC, Service Spare Parts, describes the essentials of the new concept.
If we can’t ship the spare parts in 24 hours from a Kalmar warehouse, the customer will get it for free.
Reinier Marskamp has been driving a Kalmar vehicle for over a decade. When he works the morning shift, he gets to the Barge Terminal Tilburg (BTT) at 4.30 in the morning, inspects his Kalmar DRF450 reachstacker, checking the tires and making sure there are no damages, and then gets ready for a full day of work.
When you spend eight, nine hours inside it, the chair becomes very important.
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