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Kalmar books Medcenter straddles

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to supply a total of 32 diesel-electric straddle carriers to Italy’s Medcenter Container Terminal, now part of MSC (through TIL)

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The order was booked earlier this month, with delivery of all machines scheduled to be completed by the end of Q4 2019.


The investment follows hard on the heels of the purchase by MSC of Consthip Italia’s 50% stake in MCT Gioia Tauro.


MSC has moved quickly on its commitment to the Italian government to shore up the struggling MCT with new investments.


Although no figures for the S&P agreement has been revealed, it is rumoured that it is a share swap deal, with Contship Italia taking over MSC’s 20% stake in Eurogate Tanger. This gives Eurogate Group an outright majority stake in the Moroccan terminal - TC2 in Tanger Med - which handled 1.38M TEU last year. There is more on this in the April 2019 edition of WorldCargo News.


In total, Kalmar has delivered 164 straddle carriers to MCT since the terminal was opened.


Marc Desmons, Equipment Engineering Director, TIL: "MCT has relied heavily on Kalmar straddle carrier technology right from day one of operations, so it was only natural to continue this highly successful partnership when considering the options for renewing the equipment fleet.


"Kalmar machines are known for their excellent reliability and flexibility as well as the strong local maintenance support. Furthermore, Kalmar was able to guarantee a short delivery lead time, with all 32 new machines being delivered by the end of this year."


Aki Heikkinen, Sales Director, Intelligent Horizontal Transportation Solutions, Kalmar: "It’s fantastic to further strengthen our partnership with MCT with this latest order, and we’re proud that our straddle carriers will continue to play a key role at the terminal.


"The new machines are joining an already large fleet of Kalmar straddle carriers and mobile equipment and will support the terminal in achieving its business objectives through maximising the productivity and efficiency of its operations."

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