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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has concluded an agreement to supply yard cranes and mobile equipment to ARISE Mauritania

The contract comprises four E-RTGs; and one reach stacker, one ECH mast trucks and two FLTs from the Kalmar Essential Range.

ARISE Mauritania is a 50:50 joint venture of Arise, a pan-African infrastructure, and logistics solutions company, and Meridiam, which is developing a new container terminal at the Port of Nouakchott in a public-private partnership with the Republic of Mauritania.

The company is designing, building and financing the new terminal, which will have an initial capacity of 250,000 TEU with the possibility to expand to 600,000 TEU in the future. The project includes the construction of a new wharf and a 25-ha storage area for exports and imports as well as associated port services.

Mohit Agrawal, Managing Director, ARISE Mauritania, said: “The decision to partner with Kalmar was based on their position as a leading supplier of world-class equipment and support services.

"Having a single supplier for our yard and mobile equipment simplifies our operations and offers advantages in terms of ongoing maintenance, too. The new Kalmar equipment will support safe, efficient operations at our terminal and will ensure we are ready for future automation.”

Mikko Mononen, VP, Sales, EMEIA, Kalmar, said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome ARISE Mauritania as a Kalmar customer and are looking forward to helping them achieve their ambitious goals for the Nouakchott terminal. This order is a direct result of the excellent reputation we have built as a supplier of safe, reliable equipment.”

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Six all-electric RTGs are on the way from China to Immingham, as part of ABP’s £33M "Project Pilgrim" upgrade to Humber Container Terminal. They are due to arrive in Immingham in January

Simon Bird, Regional Director of ABP Humber, said: “The investment in this infrastructure is key to ABP’s expansion plans at Humber Container Terminal on the Port of Immingham. The electric RTGs will also reduce fuel consumption by 95% against diesel-electric, and will therefore complement our efforts to reduce emissions.

"ABP has continued to invest in the Humber Ports this year to ensure that we have the infrastructure needed to seize opportunities in 2020. In 2018 we expanded the container terminal in Hull, which saw us increase from five to 15 sailings per week in a short space of time, adding new destinations as partners.

"A similar investment of £33M is currently under way in the container terminal in Immingham, which will increase the space, improve the layout and add new equipment, including the new RTGs. With all these changes and clarity over Brexit potentially around the corner, there are very good grounds to be optimistic for a good year for containers in the Humber ports."

The Kalmar RTGs, equipped with cable reels, are 1 over 6, 7 + 1, 16-wheelers, with ac drives integrated with Siemens components, and with Bromma spreaders. They have been built at the Rainbow Cargotec crane plant in Jiangsu, the joint venture of Cargotec and Jiangsu Rainbow Heavy Industries.

Kalmar RTGs for ABP Immingham nearing completion at Rainbow Cargotec
Kalmar RTGs for ABP Immingham nearing completion at Rainbow Cargotec
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Gaussin and Russian port operator Fenix Investments have signed a deal for the supply of AGVs to the Port of Bronka, Saint Petersburg

The deal was signed on 10th December in Moscow by Gaussin’s President Christophe Gaussin and Fenix Investments’ Director General Nikolai Negedov within the framework of the Franco-Russian Economic, Financial, Industrial and Trade Council (СЕФИК) agreement.

Present at the signing were Bruno Le Maire, France’s Ministry of Economy and Finance and Maxim Oreshkin, Minister for Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

"We are always open to innovation and leading technology and that is why Bronka is among the most modern container terminals in Russia," said Negedov. "Fully electric and autonomous driving – this is an ecological and modern decision. The acquisition of 70 tonne autonomous transporters allows us to raise the efficiency of managing container flows and speed up the work processes."

The value of the transaction has not been disclosed, but the deal is believed to be for [up to] three AIVs. It is not clear when the first one will be deployed, but it could be before the end of 2020. First, the equipment needs to be adapted to the Russian market. The "russified" machine would then be tested by Gaussin in France before going for further tests in Bronka.

The three French-built AIVs would then be progressively phased into the port’s operation. If they are successful and a serial production order follows, then future machines would likely be assembled in Russia.

Details concerning the navigation and fleet management system have not been disclosed. Gaussin, however, has previously stated that it owns the rights to the FMS in the VASCO AGV it demonstrated with industry partners in Lille-Dourges earlier this year. This incorporates GPS, LIDAR and SLAM technologies, so no terminal infrastructure of any kind is required.

Opened for business in December 2015, Fenix’s Bronka Terminal Saint Petersburg phase 1 development can accommodate vessels up to 347m long and 50m wide, with a draft of up to 13m. Today the facility has an annual capacity for around 1.9M TEU of containers and 260,000 automobiles and other rolling cargo units.

Gaussin has published a video of the AIV FULL ELEC in its self-decoupling (’Lift’) variant. The Bronka deal concerns the passive variant.

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