Cargotec has won an order to supply 54 Kalmar port equipment to Venezuelan customer Bolivariana de Puertos, S.A.
The order includes 24 Kalmar DRF 450-65 reachstackers, 4 Kalmar DRF100-54 reachstackers for empty container handling, 19 Kalmar Ottawa 4x2 terminal tractors, 3 Kalmar DCF80-45 masted empty container handlers and 4 Kalmar DCE160-12 lift trucks. All equipment will be delivered during year 2011. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the order that has been booked in the third quarter of 2011. Cargotec's Sales Director Emilio Martinez said: "We are very proud to be selected as a key supplier of equipment to Bolipuertos and to secure such a ground breaking order. As the organisation expands and standardises its fleet it is extremely pleasing that the performance of existing Kalmar equipment and the support we have provided to date has resulted in this significant deal and the continuation of our excellent working partnership."
Headquartered in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, Bolipuertos is a government ministry responsible for the operation of six ports with an annual cargo traffic of around 1,000,000 TEUs. Controlling the ports of La Guaira, Puerto Cabello, Guanta, Maracaibo, El Guamache and La Ceiba, Bolipuertos already runs a fleet of over a hundred reachstackers and other associated equipment, including a large number of Kalmar models. Recently the Government of Venezuela signed a contract to build a Mega-Port in Puerto Cabello and to expand the Port of La Guaira. Puerto Cabello will handle 700,000 TEUs and La Guaira will handle 600,000TEUs in addition to the rest of the ports.
It is the customer's experience with these existing Kalmar machines, along with the service and support from Cargotec's local dealer, Comercializadora Tecnaval C. A, directed by Mr. Gustavo Steinberg, which has led to the selection of these 54 new Kalmar models as Bolipuertos seeks to standardise its fleet from one provider. The new additions are to expand the fleet in light of a growth in Venezuela's import trade and also to replace some obsolete models. In addition to the large quantity of new reachstackers, forklifts and terminal tractors, Bolipuertos has supplemented the models with a significant stock of spare parts from Cargotec.