SAAM has ordered a total of 16 Kalmar Ottawa T2 terminal tractors for its terminals in Chile and Ecuador.
The order was booked in the second quarter of 2020 with delivery scheduled to take place during the fourth quarter of the same year.
Of the 16 terminal tractors, five will be operated at SAAM’s Guayaquil terminal in Ecuador and the other 11 at its San Antonio Terminal Internacional in Chile.
Orlando Faundez Rojas, corporate procurement partner, ports division at SAAM, said: “We have chosen to continue with Kalmar terminal tractors when expanding our equipment fleet because we know they will deliver the operational efficiency and safety that we expect.
“Furthermore, our organisations share a common goal to deliver excellent customer service while respecting the environment and communities where we operate.”
The T2 terminal tractor 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.
All 16 terminal tractors delivered to SAAM will include the Kalmar Insight performance management tool, which will provide the company access to real-time data such as running hours, fuel consumption, idle time, production time, distance travelled and other key operational indicators.
This will allow SAAM to track equipment performance and usage, manage maintenance activities and ultimately help them to improve their operations.
Eduardo Prat, vice president, Latin America, Kalmar, said: “We are very pleased to continue our strong relationship with SAAM and delighted that they have selected the proven Kalmar Ottawa T2 for their fleet expansion programme.
“SAAM has ambitious plans for the future, and we are looking forward to helping the company maintain its position as a leading provider of port terminal, towage and logistics services in the Americas.”
SAAM is the fourth-largest port operator in South America, with a network consisting of ten ports in six countries, and is a partner to the world’s leading shipping companies.