Tilbury Container Services (TCS), has recently awarded Kalmar a major contract for the refurbishment of 13 straddle carriers.
The project comes on top of an existing contract, whereby Kalmar is carrying out routine servicing of the entire TCS straddle carrier fleet. TCS currently operates 39 straddles at its Tilbury terminal, being a mix of Kalmar and other brands.
Under the refurbishment programme, each of the 13 straddles was assessed individually and major repairs identified, prioritised and actioned according to need. This process, Kalmar states, provides better value for money than simply renovating each machine according to set guidelines.
Michael Quinn, Terminal Engineer at TCS, said: “Our Kalmar machines are now approximately ten years old and we want them to last 15 years. It had become pretty obvious that without major refurbishment, reliability would become a real problem.”