Wallenius Wilhelmsen has ordered 11 ro/ro trucks and seven terminal tractors for 13 of its ro/ro vessels from Kalmar. The company decided to opt for these machines because of their prominent environmental qualities, which is in accordance with Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s corporate philosophy of ensuring that its operations do not put a strain on the environment. Other decisive factors for Wallenius Wilhelmsen were the machines’ reliability, efficiency and driver-friendliness.
The ro/ro trucks (Kalmar DCE330 RORO) have a 33-ton lifting capacity and a rotating driver’s seat, and the tractors (TRX182) are equipped with a telescopic lifting boom. As the machines are easy to maintain and do not require a lot of space on board, they contribute to the efficient operation of the vessels. An important safety feature is the fact that none of the machines can be run overloaded; if loaded beyond their maximum capacity they will be automatically switched off.
Prominent environmental qualities
All the machines have environmentally friendly diesel engines with catalytic exhaust purification, significantly reducing emission levels. In addition, the trucks are equipped with electronically controlled diesel engines that meet the requirements of EU TIER2 and US CARB2.
Ove Moring, Global Equipment Manager at Wallenius Wilhelmsen, says,
‘We have been using Kalmar machines for over 25 years, and when the time came for us to upgrade, Kalmar was the natural choice. What differentiates their machines from other trucks and tractors is that although the performance of the machines is crucial, environmental issues haven’t been forgotten in the design process.’
Meeting demands on board
Wallenius Wilhelmsen has been collaborating with Kalmar since the 1970s, constantly improving the efficiency of its machines, and the new trucks and tractors have been developed especially to meet the demands of green on-board cargo handling on transglobal routes.
Robert Larsson, Equipment Coordinator at Wallenius Wilhelmsen, says,
‘Avoiding expensive delays is a challenge carriers are faced with in ports all over the world. With these new, robust, reliable, environmentally and driver friendly machines Kalmar helps us meet that challenge.’