Part of the Saltchuk family of companies, Tropical Shipping operates facilities in selected seaside ports to meet customers’ freight-shipping needs to and from the Caribbean and the Bahamas.  

Tropical Shipping operates a large fleet of Kalmar equipment. The reachstackers will be operated at the company’s terminals in St. Thomas and St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and in the Bahamas, while the straddle carriers will be operated at the Tropical Shipping terminals in the Port of Palm Beach, Florida as well as in St. Thomas. 

“The diesel-electric straddle carriers will play an important role in helping us reduce both fuel costs and emissions while the Kalmar reachstackers will help us improve our operator efficiency and ergonomics,” said Tim DiPietropolo, VP operations, NVOCC & Global Logistics, Tropical Shipping. 

The Kalmar Gloria Reachstacker has been developed through close cooperation with operators, maintenance personnel and terminal managers around the world. It features a number of improvements such as a panoramic view, intuitive interfaces, and proactive monitoring.  

The Kalmar Straddle Carrier is powered by a diesel-electric driveline and offers high performance, excellent fuel efficiency, low noise and complied with the latest exhaust emission regulations. 

“We are extremely pleased to continue our close cooperation with Tropical Shipping, who rely exclusively on Kalmar equipment to keep their daily operations running smoothly, safely and efficiently. We are looking forward to continuing to support them with their fleet renewal programme in the future and further developing our valuable partnership,” added Troy Thompson, VP, sales, Kalmar Automation Solutions, Americas.