Bolivariana de Puertos, Venezuela’s government-owned port operator, has ordered a large amount of port equipment from Cargotec’s Kalmar.
The parties have agreed not to disclose the exact value of the order.
The order, which is scheduled for delivery starting in May 2013, includes 30 Kalmar reachstackers, four empty container handlers, eight heavy forklifts, nine light forklifts, seven heavy terminal tractors, 41 medium terminal tractors and one zero-emission rubber-tire gantry crane.
The Venezuelan government is investing in its two main non-petroleum export ports, Puerto Cabello and La Guaira, in response to increasing demand for cargo handling. Once the Puerto Cabello expansion project is finished, the port will have an annual capacity of 700,000 containers, while La Guardia will handle 600,000 20-foot-equivalent units. Kalmar’s container-handling equipment will be delivered at both of these ports.