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The first piece of good news for Cargotec was the recent order for 15 of its Kalmar E-One² rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Venezuela’s Bolivariana de Puertos (Bolipuertos) that followed a previous order earlier this month (March) for Kalmar port equipment for Puerto de la Guaira.

Ups and downs for Cargotec

The latest EUR 20m (US$26m) order is scheduled for delivery during the first half of 2014.

The 41-tonne capacity RTGs have a lift height of 1 over 5 and a span of 6 + 1. The order also includes the Kalmar SmartPort process automation solution SmartRail, providing automated gantry steering for RTGs and SmartFleet, which helps maintenance operations to more effectively support terminal equipment. Kalmar will also be conducting specialist training for the customer’s operators and maintenance personnel.

The second announcement of good news was the order for Kalmar SmartPort process automation from long standing customer Total Terminals International (TTI) at its Hanjin operation in the US Port of Long Beach.

TTI specified a range of Kalmar SmartPort process automation solutions including SmartQuay that automates the vessel discharge and load back operations without human intervention for the normal process. The order delivers an integrated container handling system that also includes the SmartLift and SmartStack process automation solutions, as well as the SmartMap visualisation tool.

SmartQuay leverages Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to identify the container, automatically identify the terminal tractor (UTR) which receives the container and dispatches the correct work instruction to the UTR operator via data terminal. Once the UTR reaches the directed point of work in the yard, SmartLift provides the correct work instruction to the lifting equipment and SmartStack determines the final container position even if it differs from the work instruction. The entire discharge process is automated.

Bad news 

The not so good news, at least for some employees, was Cargotec’s announcement that it had completed the negotiations launched in November 2012, which has just resulted in 105 redundancies at the Hudiksvall facility in Sweden.

According to the company, “the measure aims at adjusting Cargotec’s operations to improve the profitability of its Hiab business area and to respond to the global load handling equipment market situation.”

A part of the Hudiksvall’s production will transfer to Cargotec’s unit in Stargard, Poland.