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03.10.2011 – Cargotec is delighted to announce an order to supply eight dual purpose Kalmar heavy forklifts to leading Italian shipping firm Messina Line (Ignazio Messina & C S.p.a). Messina Line, which operates out of the port of Genoa in Italy, has purchased the specially adapted Kalmar DCF 420 models to operate on four new ships which it is adding to its fleet. The first forklifts are scheduled for delivery in October 2011, with the remainder to follow in November.

The deal is a result of extensive development work between Cargotec and Messina Line to produce a forklift that is equally at home in the restricted space on board the ships as it is handling and stacking containers in the terminal yard.

For the dual roles necessary for the new Kalmar heavy forklifts developed by Cargotec, the company required exacting specifications.  Due to the physical constraints within their new ships’ RoRo holds, the mast had to be less than 5350mm and capable of lifting 33,000kg. As such, they have been equipped with an extra-low triplex free lift mast that enables operation inside the confined space of the vessel. This actually delivers a capacity of 42,000kg. They also feature a specialist carriage with sideshifter, fork positioner, fork shaft system and 110mm HRO forks.

Alternatively, for yard operations, the model specified needed to handle up to 35,000kg and the ability to stack four containers high. These criteria are met by the same versatile Kalmar DCF 420 forklift, fitted with inverted forks and a 20/40 top lift spreader.

Thomas Malmborg, Vice President, Forklift Trucks at Cargotec, said: “With the customers’ precise requirements for a multifunctional, high specification forklift, we worked in close partnership with Messina Line to ensure its needs were met. As a result, we have developed a tailor-made product that will meet the material handling needs of this world-leading shipping firm – both in terminal and on board the ships.”

A key role in the deal was covered by Cargotec’s local organization. Elio Crovetto, Terminal Sales Manager at Cargotec Italy, comments: “This is the result of more than one year of close cooperation with the customer. By evaluating the customer’s needs we have been able to offer them the right solution , the result are eight heavy fork lift trucks specially adapted for this versatile operation. This order further strengthens Cargotec’s presence in Italy.”

 

For further information, please contact:

Thomas Malmborg, Vice President, Forklift Trucks
Tel: + 46 372 26353

Pauliina Koivunen, Public Relations Director
Tel: +358 20 777 4205

www.cargotec.com

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