Maher Terminals of Canada Corp has opted to outfit its new container handling operations at Fairview Terminal in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada with multiple types of Kalmar equipment. The New Jersey-based marine terminal operator has ordered in the last year a total of 17 DRF450-60S5X reachstackers and 34 terminal tractors. All units will be commissioned by the terminal’s opening in October 2007.
As a longtime user of Kalmar equipment, the latest order from Maher Terminals reinforces the strategic partnership between the two companies. Maher Terminals in the Port of New York/New Jersey is Kalmar’s largest global straddle carrier customer with 183 units, which were recently equipped with Kalmar’s Smartpath’, a container position verification system, and Fleetview, a system for monitoring and coordinating container handling equipment. The marine terminal operator also took into operation three Kalmar reachstackers in 2005 for handling containers for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Millennium Marine Rail facility.
Maher Terminals’ new Kalmar reachstackers will be employed at the Port of Prince Rupert’s new Fairview Container Terminal to support container yard and intermodal on-dock double stack rail operations. The units will feature increased load capacities of 45 tons in the first row, 35 tons in the second row and 18 tons in the third row.
The Port of Prince Rupert offers the shortest route between the Far East and North America, the deepest harbor in North America, and on-dock access to Canadian National (CN)‘s high capacity double stack rail network. Phase 1 of the Prince Rupert container terminal project ’ a joint venture between CN, Maher Terminals of Canada Corp and the Prince Rupert Port Authority ’ will provide an annual container handling capacity of 500,000 teus, which will be increased during Phase 2 to two million teus.