18 December 2017
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has won a tender to supply an automated straddle carrier system for EUROGATE as its Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven is entering the next phase. The order has been booked into Cargotec's 2017 fourth quarter order intake.
Kalmar will deliver four automated 4-high straddle carriers as well as an emulation system for the container terminal. Both the live equipment and emulation environment will utilise Kalmar's Terminal Logistics System (TLS), which allows all automated equipment, process automation solutions and access control, security and failure monitoring devices to be controlled via a single platform. Kalmar TLS is an advanced equipment control system pre-integrated with the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS).
The decisive factors for the choice were Kalmar's reassurance that it could provide a system capable of "Mega-Terminal" scale as well as integrating equipment and terminal operation systems from any third party.
EUROGATE is managing the pilot project in cooperation with APM Terminals on an area of EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven's site which is not used operationally and does not interfere with day-to-day operations. The pilot project is designed to prove that automated straddle carrier technology is fully functional, safe and ready for the roll-out. The first Kalmar vehicles will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2018. After completion of the pilot project (expected to be the end of the 2nd quarter of 2019), the results will be made available to all project partners. Subsequently, EUROGATE will decide whether and at which sites to deploy the automated straddle carrier system.
Mega container ships with transport capacities of >20,000 TEUs are presenting port and container operators with ever greater challenges. Customers expect their vessels to be turned around quickly and efficiently. This requires processes to be both plannable and reliable. Advancing digitalisation and automation are changing the competitive situation. EUROGATE cannot afford to ignore these developments if it wants to secure the future. For this reason, the company is placing a long-term focus on implementing digitalisation and automation technologies.
Mikko Mononen, Vice President, Intelligent Horizontal Transportation Solutions at Kalmar commented: "Our automated straddle terminal solution and state-of-the-art technology has already been successfully rolled out at major ports in the US and Australia. We were chosen to partner with EUROGATE not just because of our successful track record of both manned and automated straddle carrier projects, but also due to our shared vision for automation built on the Kalmar Key platform with open interfaces."
Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move. www.kalmarglobal.com
Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2016 totalled approximately EUR 3.5 billion and it employs over 11,000 people. www.cargotec.com
EUROGATE is the leading, shipping line independent container terminal logistics Group in Europe. Jointly with Contship Italia, the network operates twelve container terminals from the North Sea coast to the Mediterranean area. The range of services is rounded off by intermodal transport and cargomodal services. EUROGATE was established in 1999, and handled 14.6 million TEU in 2016.
EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven GmbH & Co. KG is the operator of the container terminal at JadeWeserPort, Wilhelmshaven, Germany's first and only deep-water port. This port, which has a draught of 18 m, serves and efficiently handles the world's largest container ships independently of the tides. The operating company - a joint venture between EUROGATE GmbH & Co. KGaA, KG (70%), the holding company of the EUROGATE Group, and APM Terminals Wilhelmshaven GmbH (30%), an indirect fully-owned subsidiary of A.P. Moeller Maersk Group, Copenhagen, Denmark. For more information visit www.eurogate.eu.
Kalmar - press release