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Kalmar hybrid straddle carriers to help Katoen Natie cut equipment fuel consumption and emissions at Montevideo terminal


Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has concluded an agreement with Terminal Cuenca del Plata S.A. (TCP), a mixed company between Katoen Natie (80%) and National Port Authority ANP (20%), to supply 20 Kalmar hybrid straddle carriers for deployment at Terminal Cuenca del Plata (TCP) in the Port of Montevideo, Uruguay. This major order was booked in Cargotec's Q4 2023 order intake. The machines are scheduled to be delivered during Q3 of 2024.

TCP is investing more than USD 500 million in the expansion of the specialised container terminal. The project, scheduled for completion in 2026, stands to triple the port’s capacity to 2.3 million TEUs and involves the construction of a 730-metre quay wall and enlargement of the existing container yard.

After the expansion the terminal at Montevideo will be capable of handling three or four vessels simultaneously. As part of the agreement with the Uruguayan government, Katoen Natie will receive a 50-year extension to its current terminal concession, due to expire in 2031. 

The new hybrid straddle carriers of 60T capacity are part of a fleet renewal programme aimed at improving TCP’s environmental performance. The order also includes Kalmar Insight coverage for all the machines – a performance management tool that turns data into actionable, impactful insights.

Kenny Pauwels, General Manager, TCP: “This important expansion project will consolidate Montevideo as a regional hub. This investment will allow for higher volumes, bigger vessel sizes and additional services at our terminal. Kalmar’s eco-efficient hybrid solutions will allow us to improve productivity at TCP while reducing equipment fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.”

Alexandre Esse, Sales Manager, Ports & Terminals, Kalmar Americas: “We are delighted to welcome Katoen Natie as a Kalmar customer and to support their journey towards more eco-efficient cargo-handling operations with our hybrid straddle carrier solution.”

Further information for the press:

Alexandre Esse, Sales Manager, Ports & Terminals, Kalmar Americas, tel. +551333082230, 

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

Kalmar is the global leader in sustainable cargo handling for ports, terminals, distribution centres and heavy industry. With our extensive electric portfolio and global service network, we help our customers move towards safer, more eco-efficient and productive operations. Together, we develop innovative solutions that shape the future of our industry, improving our customers’ every move. 

Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2022 totalled approximately EUR 4.1 billion and it employs around 11,800 people.