Industrial material handling equipment maker Kalmar will supply 81 of its Ottawa T2 terminal tractors to DP World for use in the South Container Terminal (SCT) in Jeddah Islamic Port, Saudi Arabia, after it secured an order from the Dubai-based ports operator in Q2 this year for scheduled delivery of the units in Q2 2022.
A statement from Cargotec, the company that owns Kalmar, said the Kalmar Ottawa T2 “combines power, functionality and performance with excellent ergonomics and easy maintenance access”. The 81 units for SCT will incorporate a range of additional safety features including an automatic fire extinguisher system, a reverse warning system and a drive speed limiter system.
Jeddah Islamic Port is the largest port in Saudi Arabia and a major trade hub, connecting the east-west trade routes. DP World was awarded a 30-year Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) concession in 2019 by the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) for the management and development of the Jeddah South Container Terminal at the multi-purpose Jeddah Islamic Port.
The statement added that DP World Jeddah’s operations are aligned with the Saudi Vision 2030 of transformation and will further assist the ease of doing business in the ports and logistics sector by introducing advanced technologies. In addition to Kalmar terminal tractors, the current equipment fleet at SCT includes Kalmar reachstackers and empty container handlers.
Mohammad Alshaikh, CEO, DP World Jeddah, and Country Head, KSA, said: “The new equipment procured from Kalmar and added to our equipment portfolio will further accelerate DP World Jeddah’s SCT development plans, which aim to further enhance its infrastructure capabilities and technology driven services to continue providing our customers with seamless quality services. This will ensure that DP World Jeddah continues to strengthen and grow Jeddah Islamic Port’s position and capabilities as a key strategic port in KSA and the region.”
Suresh Ananthanarayan, sales director, Kalmar, said: “We are delighted to further reinforce our long-standing relationship with DP World and to support their ongoing commitment to further develop SCT as a strategic regional and global trade hub.”