Kalmar receives innovation award

1 May 2013


Cargotec's Kalmar, which offers cargo handling solutions and services to ports, received a commendation award of USD 100,000 in the Next Generation Container Port (NGCP) challenge at the Singapore International Maritime Awards last month, the company announced recently.

The NGCP Challenge sought to identify innovative ideas on how to plan, design and operate the next generation of container ports that exemplify performance, productivity and sustainability.

Kalmar's proposal was prepared in close cooperation with Singapore Nanyang Technological University, APL Co Ltd, Fraunhofer IDM@NTU and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

"This was an exciting challenge, as it is about a real business case: to design the biggest, the most efficient and most sustainable terminal in the world, which can be built in the coming ten years," said Frank Kho, VP, offering development, Kalmar. "Our focus was to understand the key performance indicators given by the organiser and the local context. The key features in our design include an underground transportation system to separate the transshipment container movement from the vessel operation. Also, all equipment is electrical, so there are no CO2 emissions. Finally, our aim was to achieve a financially strong operation with no extreme constructions."

The challenge was organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI).