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Kalmar supplying 8 electric RTGs to Turkish port

4 May 2014

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will supply eight electric rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) to Turkish port operator Evyapport. The port is a gateway to global commerce for Istanbul, Kocaeli and Adapazari region and it continues to expand its container operations to industrial organisations around the world. Kalmar machines will be delivered between Q4/2014 and Q2/2015. The order was booked into Cargotec’s 2013 fourth quarter order intake.

Evyapport selected electric Kalmar E-One2 RTGs to facilitate the expansion of their operations as they improve handling efficiency and lower operating costs. The cranes have the capability of handling 7+1 wide with 1 over 6 high stacking and a maximum lift capacity of 41 tonnes. The units run on mains electric power, provided via a bus bar automatic arm.

The cranes also operate with SmartRail, Kalmar’s electronic driver assistance system for enhancing RTG controls and operation. SmartRail helps the operator to use a higher travelling speed, minimizing handling time per container.

The E-One2 RTGs are equipped with an all-electric trolley, wheel turning and spreader. The lack of hydraulics ensures parts are easy to access and contributes to the industry best 1,000 hours maintenance interval. The E-One2’s new automatic auxiliary load control system manages air-conditioning, heating and lighting according to temperature and other operating conditions. It also features an intelligent motor control for the RTG’s main movements, considerably reducing energy consumption.

As terminal operators gear up for higher container throughput the requirement for equipment to deliver improved efficiency and cost reduction becomes increasingly important. More operators are now specifying Kalmar's electrically powered RTGs because they significantly reduce fuel costs, when compared to diesel engines. The resulting zero emissions means they are a very environmentally-friendly option.

—Mika Virtanen, Vice President for RTG and STS cranes at Kalmar

Evyapport is Turkey’s fifth largest terminal with a capacity of 800,000 TEU, a total area of 265,000 m² and 1,171 meter berth. The terminal already operates with several types of Kalmar equipment, including RTG and STS cranes, terminal tractors, forklift trucks, reachstackers and empty container handlers.

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