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Ship-unloader duo set for extended life and capabilities

Kalmar has won a contract to comprehensively refurbish two ship-unloaders for Malayan Flour Mills Berhad (MFM).

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Ship-unloader duo set for extended life and capabilities

The leading wheat-flour milling company in Malaysia, MFM has operations at Lumut and Pasir Gudang in Malaysia, Jakarta in Indonesia, and in both northern and southern Vietnam.


The company imports wheat from suppliers in Canada, Australia, the USA and Eastern Europe, and also processes corn, soya beans and other products.


The upgrade project covers two cranes used for unloading raw materials from ships at MFM’s Lumut facility. The cranes have been in operation for more than 30 years, and the refurbishment and upgrade programme is intended to extend their lifespan by five years.


Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will be responsible for the planning, engineering and execution of the entire project. The scope covers crane relocation and heightening, as well as leg-frame extensions and structural modifications to the booms to enable them to serve larger ships. In addition, transfer chutes, conveyor systems and other elements will also be modified accordingly.


Dr Tan Leong Chee, engineering general manager at MFM, said: “Kalmar has a solid track record in these kinds of crane upgrade projects, and their technical capabilities and expertise speaks for itself. They were clearly the best partner to work with to help us get more value from the cranes, which are a vital part of our Lumut operation.”


Ismo Matinlauri, vice president, Solution Sales APAC, Kalmar, commented: “This new order is yet another tangible example of our slogan in action: ‘any crane, any job, anywhere’.


“We’re delighted to be able to support MFM by helping them to extend the performance, capabilities and lifetime of their existing crane equipment, and look forward to building a strong relationship with them moving forward.”


The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2019 Q1 order intake and the work is scheduled to be completed at the beginning of Q2 2020.


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