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Kalmar’s proven, flexible T2 terminal tractor to help Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company address growing demand

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Global Ports Group have made a contract for the supply of Kalmar T2 Terminal Tractors. The purchase of the new equipment is part of the capacity upgrade program of the Global Ports’ Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company (VSC). The order for six Kalmar T2 Terminal Tractors was booked in Cargotec’s 2019 Q4 order intake. Delivery of the new equipment to VSC is scheduled for Q3 of 2020.

Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company is part of the container terminals chain of the Global Ports Group, a leading operator of sea container terminals in Russia. VSC operates in Vostochny Port and is among the largest container terminals in the Russian Far East. The terminal’s annual capacity is 650,000 TEUs.

VSC’s current equipment fleet includes a wide range of Kalmar solutions, including terminal  tractors, reachstackers , empty container handlers, forklifts and straddle carriers.

The Kalmar T2 Terminal Tractor is a highly flexible platform. The tractors that will be supplied to VSC are capable of handling heavy 20, 40, 45-foot containers. The lift frame of these tractors is a structure made of high-strength steel with solid cast elements, which is exceptionally strong and stable even when the load is big. The engineering advantages of the tractors also include their ability to easily maneuver in cramped space, withstand high temperatures during summer, and ability to operate in a salt air environment.

These tractors have enhanced safety features which include emergency steering and additional sound alarm in cabin activated every time when the parking brake is engaged or the brake pedal is stuck. This signal will be a trigger for the tallyman to start inspection. All cabins meet the European standards and FOPS and ROPS safety requirements.

Alexey Pavlenko, Managing Director of LLC VSC: “We are happy to continue our cooperation with Kalmar. The Kalmar equipment is reliable, easy to maintain and has a high availability ratio which allows the terminal to increase the speed of cargo handling and predictability of the operating process. An important advantage of Kalmar is also a prompt response of its personnel to warranty and additional service requests, for example, a request to set up a consignment warehouse in the terminal”.

Valerian Sand, Vice President Market Area North, Kalmar: “The order from VSC demonstrates the trust customers place in our reliable and flexible T2 terminal tractor platform, which has seen steady sales growth in recent years. We are delighted to be able to strengthen our cooperation with VSC and support their business goals as they seek to increase capacity at the terminal.”

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Konecranes wins order for 20 RTG cranes in Nigeria

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Konecranes has won an order for 20 RTG cranes from APMT’s West Africa Container Terminal in East Nigeria. The order was booked in two parts, the first in December 2019 and the second in January 2020. Delivery is scheduled for Q4 2020 – Q2 2021.

APMT’s West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) is located in Onne Port, part of the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone in Nigeria. It was one of the first container terminals to be built in Nigeria under public/private ownership. It offers excellent hinterland connections to the rest of Nigeria. The WACT is upgrading its container handling operation from reach stackers to RTGs to achieve greater stacking density, throughput and productivity.

The Konecranes RTGs on order are diesel-driven, 16-wheel machines stacking 1-over-5 high and 7 containers + truck lane wide. They are equipped with Active Load Control, Auto-steering and Auto-TOS reporting.

Mohammed A. Ahmed, Managing Director of APMT Nigeria said: “As testament to APMT’s long-term commitment to East Nigeria, we have signed a contract with Konecranes for the delivery of 20 RTGs to Onne Port. This is part of our earlier announced expansion of the existing terminal capacity, a USD 100 million investment, that started last year and that will be fully in place shortly. The expansion plan will deliver sufficient capacity to meet the envisaged growth in East Nigeria for the next 15 years.”

Ville Hoppu, Sales Manager, Konecranes Port Solutions, said: “We’re very pleased to have received this order from APMT, one of the world’s leading container terminal operators and a long-time user of our RTG cranes. We have many customers on the west coast of Africa and Onne will be in good company.”

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MOL to start joint development for the digitalization of FSRU

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that it has reached an agreement for joint development of technologies and solutions for the digitalization of Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) (Note 1), in partnership with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME; CEO: Sung-Geun Lee).

Through this collaboration, detailed operational data will be collected from FSRU and stored in a cloud-based data platform to develop applications for advanced remote operation monitoring and optimizing etc.. The project will enhance safe and efficient operation, which will further deepen cooperation between FSRU and shore-based facilities.

MOL works on this collaboration in cooperation with MOL’s “FOCUS” Project (Note 2) intended to enhance the collection and application of FSRU operation data.

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Floating Storage Regasification Unit. A floating facility for storing and regasifying LNG, which is then pressurized and piped ashore.

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A.P. Moller – Maersk links new $5.0bn revolving credit facility to its CO2 performance

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A.P. Moller – Maersk secures a new sustainability-linked revolving credit facility of $5.0bn through a syndicate of 26 selected banks. This is the first bank refinancing arranged by Maersk after its transformation from a diversified conglomerate to a global container logistics company.

The facility refinances the undrawn $5.1bn facility maturing in 2021 and has a tenor of five years which may be extended by up to two years. It will be part of the company’s liquidity reserve.

“We have received strong support from our global relationship banks. The facility was substantially oversubscribed, and we are pleased with the terms and conditions of the new facility. With the new facility we have extended the maturity profile of our finance commitments, while aligning with our sustainability ones,” highlights Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO of Fleet & Strategic Brands.

The credit margin under the facility will be adjusted based on Maersk’s progress to meet its target of reducing CO2 emissions per cargo moved by 60% by 2030, which is significantly more ambitious than the IMO target of 40% by 2030 (all 2008 baseline).

In 2018 Maersk announced its commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. The new finance facility affirms Maersk’s efforts to drive sustainability into its operations and supply chains.

“We are determined to reach our ultimate target of becoming fully carbon neutral by 2050, and this agreement serves as another enabler for us to deliver on that ambition. Given the lifespan of our fleet, we need to find new and sustainable solutions to propel our vessels within the next 10 years. To realize this ambitious commitment, we are partnering with researchers, regulators, technology developers, customers, energy providers – and now banks,” explains Henriette.

Banco Santander S.A., London Branch, Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Designated Activity Company, Barclays Bank Plc, BNP Paribas, Citibank N.A. London, Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Danske Bank A/S, Deutsche Bank, Handelsbanken, HSBC France, MUFG, Nordea, SEB and Standard Chartered Bank, joined as mandated lead arrangers.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A., London branch, DNB Bank ASA, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Europe) S.A., Brussels branch, ING Bank, J.P. Morgan Securities Plc, Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Morgan Stanley Bank International Limited, Natwest Markets Plc, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Société Générale and the Standard Bank South Africa Limited, Isle of Man branch, joined as lead arrangers.

Crédit Agricole and SEB acted as Sustainability Coordinators. MUFG acted as Documentation Agent and BNP Paribas as Facility Agent.

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