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Kalmar terminal tractors roll into action at Solent Stevedores, Jersey


Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has supplied five terminal tractors to Solent Stevedores at the Port of Jersey, Channel Islands, in the UK. Kalmar TR618i terminal tractors are replacing existing equipment in the Solent Stevedores fleet at the port and create significant capacity to their RoRo operations. The port is critical to Jersey's economy, being the principle supply hub for the majority of businesses on the island. The order was booked into Cargotec's 2013 first quarter order intake and the machines were handed over in the third quarter.

Ian Jacobs, Managing Director at Solent Stevedores considers Kalmar to be an excellent partner: "In 2012, following a competitive tender, Solent Stevedores gained the licence for the nine-year stevedore contract from the Port of Jersey. Winning this stevedoring contract was a tremendous achievement for us and the acquisition of the new fleet demonstrates our long-term commitment to our customer Condor Ferries and their clients. The berthing schedules at the port are critical, and we had to ensure that we created sufficient capacity to handle traffic quickly and efficiently but above all safely. Kalmar is a dependable name and proved that they had good, reliable equipment for our RoRo operation. Kalmar TR618i features a tight turning circle of 21' which improves their maneuverability. We also had the vehicle's speed governed which helps them work in a controlled manner for health and safety requirements.

"Kalmar's team assisted us every step of the way to help specify the equipment. It was an excellent experience from start to finish," he added.

Kalmar terminal tractors can easily be adapted to meet the various needs of cargo handling in ports and terminals. They can handle semitrailers, terminal trailers for containers and roll trailers with goosenecks. For RoRo handling, Kalmar 4WD heavy duty tractors have a high tractive effort to easily climb steep ramps and perform tight turns on slippery decks.

Further information for the press:

Howard Matthews, Regional Sales Manager, Kalmar, tel. +44 7889 010830,

Ian Jacobs, Managing Director, Solent Stevedores Ltd, tel. +44 7545 907277,

Maija Eklöf, Vice President, Communications, Kalmar, tel. +358 20 777 4096,

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's sales totalled EUR 3.3 billion in 2012 and it employs approximately 10,000 people. Cargotec's class B shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki under symbol CGCBV.