The order was booked into Cargotec's 2017 second quarter order intake, and the delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018. The cranes will be delivered to Ports America's Seagirt Marine Terminal in Baltimore.Ports America is the biggest terminal operator and stevedore in the United States, operating in more than 42 ports and 80 locations in North America. Ports America Chesapeake's Seagirt Marine Terminal is currently handling an annual volume of 800,000 TEU. It is one of four US east coast ports able to handle superpostpanamax containerships that began transiting the newly opened Panama Canal locks in 2016. The order is a part of the terminal's investment programme focused on ensuring that the terminal is equipped with the right amount of equipment and the latest technologies to support the future growth.Said Ports America Chesapeake general manager Bayard Hogans: "We see Kalmar as a trusted supplier, and the addition of six RTGs will help ensure we can maintain high levels of service." Said Kalmar vice president Troy Thompson: "From our advanced anti-sway system to factory-fitted collision detection system, we have listened closely to Ports America and look forward to a solid relationship as we each move into the future of container handling."The delivery includes Kalmar SmartPort process solutions: Kalmar SmartProfile, Kalmar SmartRail, Kalmar SmartStack, and Kalmar SmartFleet. Kalmar SmartProfile uses advanced laser technology to detect collision risks in a stack and automatically stops the trolley when a risk is detected.Kalmar SmartRail automated gantry steering system controls the gantry within centimetre-grade accuracy on the travelling path, improving the terminal's operational efficiency and ease of use by the operator.
The port also posted the strongest May volume in the port's history - 182,452 TEU. As measured in pier containers, or total boxes, SCPA moved 103,462 containers in May. The port handled 1.1 million pier containers in the fiscal year to date. May was a record month at Inland Port Greer, with 47 per cent growth in rail lifts over May 2016. The facility handled 12,702 rail moves in May, bringing fiscal year to date rail volume to 108,701 rail lifts. In a separate development, the SCPA's board of directors has adopted a 2018 fiscal year financial plan that includes US$251.1 million operating revenues, $44.1 million operating earnings, and capital expenditures of $262.3 million. The plan projects pier containers, or box volume, of 1.26 million during FY2018, a six per cent increase from the 1.19 million boxes SCPA is expected to handle this fiscal year. Strong growth at Inland Port Greer is also planned, with rail moves expected to increase 20 per cent over FY2017 projected totals, a statement said.Planned operating revenues for FY2018 reflect a 9.4 per cent increase above the current fiscal year, which are expected to reach $229.4 million. The board approved a $262.3 million capital plan, the largest in the SCPA's history, with expenditures projected $14.3 million higher than FY2017. SCPA will invest $54 million in site development, construction and equipment for the construction of the Hugh K Leatherman Terminal, a new container terminal slated to open in 2020. Other primary capital expenditures planned include $86.3 million in upgrades to the Wando Welch Terminal, including the completion of the wharf modernisation project; $32.2 million for the construction of Inland Port Dillon, opening during the spring of 2018; and $23.3 million for the construction of the new SCPA corporate office. "SCPA is handling larger volumes than ever before, and our plans for the new fiscal year enable our existing facilities to handle big ships," said SCPA president and CEO, Jim Newsome. "This is the largest capital expenditure plan in our history, encompassing a number of projects that collectively will enhance the service of our port."
Previously, the goods were cross-docked at the company's warehouse in Karpin, just outside of Warsaw in Poland, before being taken onwards by road. But with the new service, containers are reloaded onto rail cars in Hamburg for Scandinavia and the company's new hub in Hallsberg in Sweden. The lead time from Hamburg to Hallsberg is only a few days.The company said that it is currently only handling full container loads (FCL) via its set-up in Hamburg. However, it is looking into the viability of offering this service for less-than-container loads (LCL) as well.The company said that it is offering this service because of the "big increase" in demand for rail freight between Asia and Europe. Customer expectation has also changed as they "want to use a freight forwarder that transports the goods in a sustainable way.""In 2016, 1,800 block trains transported goods between China and Europe, and by 2020, the expectations are 5,000," a statement from the company added.