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Kalmar extends Antwerp training as straddle carrier driver demand rises

  18.05.2017    

Kalmar, part of Finland's cargo handling machinery manufacturer Cargotec, has extended its role in the Port of Antwerp's OCHA training centre called by adding a second straddle carrier to meet the rising demand for drivers, according to Shipping Gazette.
The existing straddle carrier will be refurbished as part of the order, and both machines will be covered by a Kalmar Care maintenance contract.
With four straddle carrier operators at the port and increasing container volumes, there is constant demand for trained drivers, said Kalmar.
OCHA has been training straddle carrier drivers using Kalmar equipment since 2003, and the new machine will help the organisation expand its training capacity significantly.
Last year OCHA trained 3,070 and conducted 659 training programmes for dockers. The straddle carrier training programme comprises one week on simulators followed by two weeks on real machines. After this, the drivers are ready to commence real port operations.
"Our operations have grown steadily over the years, from a relatively small training centre to a larger-scale comprehensive training facility with special focus on crane and straddle carrier operations," said OCHA manager Ann Baats.
Kalmar equipment supported by a comprehensive maintenance contract will continue to play a key role," she said.



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