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SLASPA Applauds Arrival Of The Kalmar Reach-Stacker DRU

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The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) and members of the seaport community applauded the arrival of the newest “Big Red” on the block.

The Kalmar Reach-stacker Model DRU arrived disassembled on the hatch of Tropic Carib, awaiting its debut at the container park in Castries Seaport on December 14, 2022.

The inauguration of the Kalmar DRU Reach-stacker serves as part of SLASPA’s recently implemented Asset Replacement and Port Improvement Programme (ARPIP) to guide the restoration and recommission of equipment.

The reach-stacker will complement the Authority’s port equipment fleet and rebound port operations and the availability of cargo handling equipment efficiency to 75%.

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General Manager at SLASPA Daren Cenac says this moment demonstrates the nick of time. According to him, “the recommissioning of the Kalmar reach-stacker is part of SLASPA’s commitment to its employees, stakeholders, and partners to improve aspects of service delivery at our seaports.”

He further cemented the goal of the Authority’s ARPIP as a strategic approach to improving the organization’s efficiency level and enhancing customer experience.

“The reach-stacker will increase productivity,” echoed the Director of Seaports at SLASPA, Adriane Hilaire. He stated that “the roll-out of the Kalmar DRU Reach-stacker comes at the height of a bustling Christmas season. We are confident this will alleviate the long wait and bottlenecks and return port operations to acceptable levels.

SOURCE: Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority 

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  1. Quite frankly, I don’t think we should care. The whole port should just come to a screeching halt. It’s disgusting how much useless stuff we import into the country. A set of fruits that never expire. “But it’s good for business,” they say, “because it has a long shelf life!” Cardboard has a long shelf life too. And I can’t get any local produce at the supermarket. Why is the local produce being sold so cheaply at the supermarket that they sellout and leave only the imported cardboard fruits? Can we not give farmers an incentive to supply more fruits so I can get my hands on some actual food and not the processed junk that is in every aisle at the store. Man does not live on corn and its derivatives alone!


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