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Kalmar to supply three RTGs to Port of Buatan

Kalmar has concluded a deal with Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper (RAPP) to supply three SmartPower rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes for its container yard at the Port of Buatan in Indonesia.

RAPP, a subsidiary of APRIL Group – one of the world’s leading producers of pulp and fine papers – operates a pulp and paper mill in Riau Province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

The mill has an annual production capacity of 2.8m tonnes of pulp and 850,000 tonnes of paper.

The new machines will replace the RTGs currently operating at the RAPP terminal, which are reaching the end of their lifespan. RAPP also operates Kalmar empty container handlers at the terminal.

According to the Finnish company, the SmartPower RTG’s small diesel engine and power management system help it use up to 10 litres less fuel per hour than most diesel RTGs currently on the market.

The machine is meant to offer balance between productivity and low costs, with a low-maintenance all-electric trolley and hoisting system as well as a direct gantry drive in place of traditional hydraulic systems.

Jamie Vincent Farrell of PECTEC, a technical subsidiary of APRIL Group, said that the order fits with “the mill’s lean operating principles”.

He added: “Not only will the new cranes help to significantly reduce fuel costs and therefore emissions, but they will also improve productivity and increase safety as well as simplify maintenance processes.”

The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2018 first quarter order intake and delivery is scheduled to take place towards the end of the year.