The 6+1 wide and 1-over-5 high units are identical in design to the ten E-One RTGs ordered by SNP in April for its growing Cat Lai container facility. The machines will come equipped with Kalmar’s container position verification system, Smartpath, with delivery scheduled to be completed in November 2008.
Kaarlo VerÃ¤vÃ¤inen of Kalmar RTG Crane Sales, Asia, said: “We have a strong relationship with SNP, having supplied them with reachstackers and terminal tractors over the years. We are excited that this relationship has now paved the way for us to play an increasingly important role in the company’s continuing growth.”
Construction of the first berth of the Cai Mep container terminal began at the start of this year. Phase 1, scheduled to open by the end of 2008, will feature a 300 m berth and a 20 ha container yard capable of handling 650,000 teu per year. Under Phase 2, due for completion in 2010, SNP will complete the remaining 600 m of berth and 40 ha of yard space, giving the terminal an annual handling capacity of 1.1m teu.
The terminal is the first part of the Cai Mep-Thi Vai International Port Complex development designed to serve Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces. As a deepwater river port located close to the sea, it is expected to become a large transit port for the southern region of Vietnam.
SNP is also preparing to launch its Long Binh inland container depot (ICD). When the facility begins operations in 2008, it will feature 80 ha of container yard space and a fleet of Kalmar reachstackers.