Forth Ports is investing in substantial equipment and site upgrading to LCT to ensure customers continue to receive a first rate and enhanced service. It is also integrating LCT with the busy short-sea terminal, also located at Tilbury. Part of the investment plan is the purchase of 14 new Kalmar ESC 450W straddle carriers from Cargotec.
Stuart Wallace, Divisional Director of London Container Terminal at the Port of Tilbury, said: "We are confident of delivering a highly efficient and positive experience for our customers. We are delighted to work with Kalmar on this straddle carrier deal, which is the first step of many in the modernisation and upgrading of LCT."
LCT handles in excess of half a million containers per year and is the only UK port servicing both deep sea and short sea customers. LCT is located on the Thames and is a key shipping and distribution location with access to London and the South East.
Ismo Leppänen, Managing Director of Cargotec UK Ltd, said: "We are pleased to be working again with the Forth Ports group, and in particular London Container Terminal, to deliver 14 new Kalmar straddle carriers, allowing the terminal to become totally integrated across its short sea and deep sea operations with regards to its straddle fleet. This delivery, scheduled for April next year, will further increase the number of Kalmar carriers at the terminal at what is an exciting development time for London Container Terminal."
Kalmar ESC 450W straddle carrier's 7+ generation models combine high performance and productivity with low maintenance and operating costs. Designed with operators in mind, they deliver strong environmental benefits which can be further enhanced with hybrid operation. The machines are equipped with Kalmar's standard W-type front cabin complete for container handling with 4-high stacking and 50-tonne load capacity.
Cargotec improves the efficiency of cargo flows on land and at sea - wherever cargo is on the move. Cargotec's daughter brands, Hiab, Kalmar and MacGregor are recognised leaders in cargo and load handling solutions around the world. Cargotec's global network is positioned close to customers and offers extensive services that ensure the continuous, reliable and sustainable performance of equipment. Cargotec's sales totalled EUR 3.1 billion in 2011 and it employs approximately 10,500 people. Cargotec's class B shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki under symbol CGCBV. www.cargotec.com
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