Sollers Far East LLC, a Russian automobile firm, and Vladivostok Container Terminal, have opted for Kalmar E-One2 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes with the 16 wheel design.

Cargotec’s 16 wheel units put less stress on terminal services when used with their light weight cranes, in comparison with usual 8 wheel units.

With the contracts signed in Q2 of 2010, the orders followed a recent upsurge in figures; Cargotec suggest that this is due to the port’s export business and Asian-Pacific location in the market.

General director of Cargotec RUS LLC, Tero Pajunen said: “We have enjoyed recent success in selling 16 wheel RTGs to customers in the Vladivostok area where we have sold two units since 2008. Large 16.00 to 25.00 tyres can be used with Cargotec’s 16 wheel model to minimise wear and tear costs on the terminal surface. The wheels also counter rotate when the machine is turning, which results in loess actual tyre wear.

“As an immense country that is home to one of the world’s largest railway networks and multiple bustling seaports serving international clients, Cargotec is committed to serving customers in Russia. Our parts and service centre in Vladivostok is just one example of how Cargotec delivers peace of mind by operating close to our customers.”

Vladivostok Container Terminal, a transport subsidiary of FESCO, plans to modernise its operations at the Port of Vladivostok. Sollers has its own quay and terminal at the port; the new RTGs are tasked with increasing efficiency in its logistics operations.