Kalmar wins $13m hybrid RTG contract with Total Terminals International

1 February 2021


Kalmar has completed a deal with Total Terminals International (TTI) to supply six hybrid rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) equipped with a suite of Kalmar SmartPort process automation solutions, to be completed in Q4, 2021.

The $13m (€11m) contract also includes a two-year Software Maintenance and Support (M&S) Services agreement for the Kalmar SmartPort software.

“This deal represents an important step forward for Kalmar at the largest container port in the US, with the first battery-powered Kalmar Hybrid RTGs to be delivered to the West Coast region,” said Troy Thompson, VP, sales, Kalmar Americas.

“Our hybrid RTGs will enable a significant reduction in emissions for TTI because the batteries supply 100% of the power needed by the crane, while the diesel is only used for charging the batteries when needed.”  

The cranes combine the latest lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology with diesel power-unit to deliver on performance. The battery is combined with a smaller diesel power unit, which is not only highly fuel-efficient – consuming up to 60% less fuel than a conventionally powered RTG – but quieter and easier to maintain.

The contract includes a range of Kalmar SmartPort process automation solutions: SmartStack, SmartLift, SmartRail and SmartMap, which will help the customer optimise and ensure the efficiency of its operations. 

Established in 1991, TTI is a full-service marine terminal and stevedore operator headquartered in Long Beach, California on the US West Coast. The company is 80% owned by Terminal Investment Limited (TiL), a subsidiary of MSC Group, with the remaining 20% owned by Hyundai Merchant Marine Co, Ltd. 

“Since we began discussions over two-and-a-half years ago we have received a huge amount of support from the Kalmar team, particularly with respect to the clean-air grant that will help to fund the project,” said Graham Scott, CEO, TTI.

“We are continuing to break our own throughput records even in the face of the global pandemic, and the Kalmar Hybrid RTG will help us to address the increased demand while at the same time reducing our diesel and noise emissions.”