Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has supplied five terminal tractors to Solent Stevedores at the Port of Jersey, Channel Islands, in the UK. Kalmar TR618i terminal tractors are replacing existing equipment in the Solent Stevedores fleet at the port and create significant capacity to their RoRo operations. The port is critical to Jersey’s economy, being the principle supply hub for the majority of businesses on the island. The order was booked into Cargotec’s 2013 first quarter order intake and the machines were handed over in the third quarter.
Ian Jacobs, Managing Director at Solent Stevedores considers Kalmar to be an excellent partner: “In 2012, following a competitive tender, Solent Stevedores gained the licence for the nine-year stevedore contract from the Port of Jersey. Winning this stevedoring contract was a tremendous achievement for us and the acquisition of the new fleet demonstrates our long-term commitment to our customer Condor Ferries and their clients. The berthing schedules at the port are critical, and we had to ensure that we created sufficient capacity to handle traffic quickly and efficiently but above all safely. Kalmar is a dependable name and proved that they had good, reliable equipment for our RoRo operation. Kalmar TR618i features a tight turning circle of 21’ which improves their maneuverability. We also had the vehicle’s speed governed which helps them work in a controlled manner for health and safety requirements.
“Kalmar’s team assisted us every step of the way to help specify the equipment. It was an excellent experience from start to finish,” he added.
Kalmar terminal tractors can easily be adapted to meet the various needs of cargo handling in ports and terminals. They can handle semitrailers, terminal trailers for containers and roll trailers with goosenecks. For RoRo handling, Kalmar 4WD heavy duty tractors have a high tractive effort to easily climb steep ramps and perform tight turns on slippery decks.