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Kalmar wins RMG order as DCT takes to the rails

Kalmar will supply DCT Gdansk with three widespan RMGs for its intermodal yard, complete with "cyber security" certificates.

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed an agreement with Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk to supply three RMGs with “DCT specific customisation”, with delivery scheduled for the second half of 2019. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2018 third quarter order intake.


DCT operates an RTG yard, with a fleet of Liebherr and Kalmar machines, two of which have been used for its rail yard. As part of a recent expansion DCT is increasing its rail capacity by adding two new loading/discharge tracks, each able to accommodate 750m long trains, and extending the two existing tracks to the same length. It is also moving from RTGs to RMGs for handling trains.

DCT Gdansk has emerged as a hub port for the Baltic Sea region
DCT Gdansk has emerged as a hub port for the Baltic Sea region

Kalmar delivered five RTGs to DCT in Q1 2018 for its stacking yard expansion, and has now won the order for the three big RMGs as well. “The three Kalmar RMGs, each with a lifting capacity of 41 tons and railspan of 32 metres, will be used to service trains in the new rail section of the container terminal. They are part of an ongoing investment programme to modernise the rail infrastructure at the port. The units will be powered by a cable-reel system, have one cantilever and room for two lanes for trucks and containers. The cranes will be fitted with Kalmar SmartFleet process automation solution with a RMG map view as well as Kalmar SmartWeight for certified container weighing that will be integrated in the Navis N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS), that has been implemented in the terminal already in 2011”, Kalmar stated.


The order is also notable for DCT requiring suppliers to provide a “cyber security certificate” as a condition of the contract. This was to be a certificate stating that all electronic devices and communication systems used on the cranes will secured from external disturbances and secured against a cyber attack from outside the company.


Investing in rail is an important move for DCT, which now has an annual throughput capacity of 3M TEU and boasts “the only deep-water terminal in the Baltic Sea region with direct ocean vessel calls from the Far East”.


Cameron Thorpe, CEO at DCT Gdansk noted: "Rail connections in Poland, as in other European countries are becoming increasingly important, especially in the context of sustainable, intermodal transport solutions. We found that Kalmar have responded well to market demands and can provide equipment that meets our exacting requirements. The three new electrically powered Kalmar RMGs will significantly boost our handling capacity and help us deliver an efficient, dependable rail gateway for our customers in Central and Eastern Europe."

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