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Kalmar receives first order for new empty container handlers

Kalmar receives first order for new empty container handlers
WienCont's capacity is set to grow over the next few years

Equipment manufacturer Kalmar has received the first order for its recently launched range of empty container handlers from the Port of Vienna’s WienCont Container Terminal.

The order for three new twin lift capability units of Kalmar’s DCG80-100 empty container handler range, which was launched in November this year, is expected to be delivered in April 2017.

The port’s subsidiary WienCont Container Terminal, which is a trimodal terminal serving rail, road and inland waterways, already operates one DCF100-45E6 empty container handler, four reachstackers, two empty container reachstackers, one container handler and one terminal tractor manufactured by Kalmar.

The 10-tonne capacity new units are fitted with options including reverse warning system, tyre pressure monitoring system and the Kalmar Smart Fleet monitoring system, which is claimed to allow for a more effective management of the container handling operations.

According to a company statement, “in returning to a fleet of Kalmar-only equipment, WienCont is able to streamline its maintenance needs, as the new machines will fall under an existing Kalmar service agreement, which also includes two onsite mechanics”.

WienCont’s current 480,000 teu annual capacity is expected to grow by 3-5% per year over the next five years.

Robert Groiss, managing director of WienCont Container Terminal, said: “In order to prepare for the future, it is important that we choose high quality equipment with modern capabilities that will meet our growing handling requirements.”

“We have chosen Kalmar as the brand to trust for their reliable machines, low downtime, and cost-effective service for our intermodal operations,” he added.