Kalmar reachstackers to play key role in capacity expansion and efficiency improvements at Sitrans, Chile


Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has secured a contract to supply six Gloriareachstackers to Sitrans Servicios Integrados de Transportes Limitada(Sitrans), part of the Ultramar Group. The order was booked in Cargotec’s Q42018 order intake and delivery of the machines is scheduled to take place during Q1 of 2019.

Three of the machines will be delivered to the company’s container terminal in Valparaiso and three to their terminal in San Antonio, both of which are located on the Pacific coast in central Chile. The new Kalmar Gloria reachstackers form part of a fleet renewal programme and will help Sitrans address a need for improved efficiency driven by growing demand at both locations. They will join a large existing fleet of Kalmar machines including empty container handlers already operated by the company.

The Kalmar G Generation reachstacker has been designed in collaboration with operators, maintenance personnel, and production and terminal managers from around the world. It includes a wide range of features that increase operator efficiency, including the ergonomic EGO cabin with superb visibility and intuitive controls, as well as advanced diagnostics to make daily checks and fault resolution quicker and easier. 

The machines delivered to Sitrans will also include a number of features designed to increase operational safety. These include the Kalmar Reverse Warning System to give drivers greater visibility while reversing. The reachstackers will also be fitted with Kalmar Insight, a performance management tool that provides a clear overview of fleet operations to improve transparency and minimise unplanned downtime. 

Luis Olivares Rosales, Jefe Nacional de Equipos at Sitranssaid: “We are delighted to be able to continue our long and successfulcollaboration with Kalmar as we look to expand our fleet in response to growingdemand at Valparaiso and San Antonio. We have been extremely satisfied with thequality and reliability of the Kalmar equipment in our existing fleet, and weare confident that Kalmar can provide us with the additional safety andefficiency enhancements we are looking for in these new machines.”

Marcelo Massa, Solution Sales Manager, Kalmar: “Our equipment has formed thebackbone of the Sitrans fleet for many years, reflecting the close partnershipwe have built together and the high level of trust they place in our machines.This new order is an excellent example of how we are able to tailor oursolutions precisely to meet customer needs – in this case with a wide range ofadditional features to help increase safety at the terminal.”

Sue Terpilowski
Author: Sue Terpilowski

Executive Editor of SeaNews