KALMAR has announced a larger order for straddle carriers from the Medcenter Container Terminal in Italy.

The order for 32 diesel-electric straddle carriers is to service the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro, a mega-port able to handle ships on the Asia-Mediterranean routes.

The terminal has handled more than 50m TEU since it began operations in September 1995, with an annual handling capacity of 4.2m TEU.

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In total, Kalmar has delivered 164 straddle carriers to MCT since the terminal was opened.

“MCT has relied heavily on Kalmar Straddle Carrier technology right from day one of operations, so it was only natural to continue this highly successful partnership when considering the options for renewing the equipment fleet,” said Marc Desmons, equipment engineering director, TIL.

“Kalmar machines are known for their excellent reliability and flexibility as well as the strong local maintenance support. Furthermore, Kalmar were able to guarantee a short delivery lead time, with all 32 new machines being delivered by the end of this year.”

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