The 1-over-3 machines are the operator’s first diesel electric units that will reduce operational costs while increasing the density and throughput of containers in the medium to long term.
The order includes, ‘SmartFleet’, an automated system that remotely captures key information from all equipment allowing supervisors to maintain the machines more quickly and efficiently. The manufacturer’s Australian team will provide maintenance support to the equipment and existing Port Otago fleet, with spare parts supplied direct from its regional parts warehouse in Melbourne.
“This purchase continues a long-standing alliance with Kalmar that started 21years ago with the purchase of two SISU straddle carriers. The new machines will allow us to finally retire those reliable and trustworthy workhorses,” said Lincoln Coe, general manager infrastructure for Port Otago.