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SSA Marine orders terminal tractors for terminals in Panama and Mexico

SSA Marine orders terminal tractors for terminals in Panama and Mexico
The Ottawa T2 tractor

Kalmar has signed two separate orders with SSA Marine to supply 36 of its Ottawa T2 terminal tractors for container terminals in Panama and Mexico.

The first agreement for 12 machines is for the company’s Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) in Panama while the second agreement for 24 machines is for SSA Mexico in Colima, Mexico.

The new units will be used to transport containers from the quay to the yard at MIT and Colima, both of which are rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane terminals.

Alexander Rojas, maintenance manager at MIT, said that the existing fleet of Ottawa machines at his facility had met all expectations in terms of performance, productivity and safety.

Available in DOT/EPA-certified and off-road configurations, the T2 is a purpose-built truck featuring an ergonomic cab design, fast fifth-wheel lifting and easy-access service points to speed up routine checks and servicing, noted a statement from Kalmar.

Nestor Olmos, maintenance manager at SSA Mexico, noted that the machines had been delivered in a very short timescale.

Eduardo Prat, vice president, Latin America, Kalmar, said: “The Kalmar Ottawa T2 continues to go from strength to strength in North and Central America thanks to its ability to ensure safe and efficient trailer spotting in terminal environments.”

He also praised local partner Tracsa for the role it played in securing the order. Both contracts are booked in Cargotec’s Q1 2020 order intake, with delivery scheduled to take place during Q2 2020.