Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has secured an order from Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) in Mozambique for 14 Kalmar T2i terminal tractors and three Kalmar forklift trucks – two heavy models and one medium model. The order was booked in Cargotec’s Q4 order intake and the machines are scheduled to be delivered towards the end of Q2 2023.
MPDC, a joint venture between the Mozambican Railway Company and Portus Indico, was first awarded the concession to run Porto de Maputo in 2003. The company also acts as the port authority with responsibility for maritime operations, piloting, stevedoring, and terminal and warehouse operations as well as port planning and development.
MPDC currently operates a fleet of over 35 Kalmar forklift trucks and terminal tractors, which are used to transport bulk material in skips between the quayside and trailer loading area. The port currently handles around 26 million tons of material a year and has been investing heavily in expanding this capacity, with the goal of achieving 43 million tons within the next decade.
Elísio Langa, Maintenance Manager, MPDC: “We have been operating Kalmar machines since 2008 and have always found them to be reliable, economical and easy to maintain. If we are to achieve our ambitious capacity expansion target, we need the best equipment available on the market – this is why we believe that Kalmar is the best choice for us.”
Byron Meugens, Sales Manager, Southern Africa, Kalmar: “Kalmar and MPDC have a long shared history and we are very pleased to continue our collaboration through this latest order. Our machines meet MPDC’s exact requirements, particularly in terms of chassis strength and fuel efficiency, and will play a vital role in helping them to achieve their daily operational targets and long-term business goals.”