Cargotec's Kalmar business area has been awarded a contract to provide a fleet of shuttle carriers to TTI Algeciras S.A. in Spain. These 20 Kalmar SHC240H shuttle carriers have a single-lifting capacity of 40 tonnes and can stack containers two high. The equipment will be delivered by January 2010.
The key productivity benefit of the shuttle carrier is its ability to leave and pick up containers from the ground eliminating waiting times. Ship-to-shore cranes place containers from the vessel on the ground, under the crane's back reach, from where the containers are then collected by the shuttle carriers and transported to the automatic stacking crane buffer area. This combination of equipment working together achieves high productivity with lowest number of horizontal transportation vehicles.
The TTI Algeciras terminal, with more than 3,937 ft of quayside, will be able to serve vessels carrying up to 10,000 TEU. The terminal is expected to handle more than 1.5 million TEU annually once it is opened for operation in 2010. The new terminal serves as a hub for transshipment between Africa, Northern Europe, the US east coast and South America. TTI Algeciras is owned by Hanjin Shipping.
TTI Algeciras will be the second mega terminal operated with Kalmar shuttle carriers. The first mega terminal, APM Terminals in Virginia in the U.S., started operation with its Kalmar shuttle carrier horizontal transportation system in September 2007.