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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. GBP50 MILLION DEFENCE CONTRACT FOR BARLOWORLD
2. FIRST DAEWOO FORKLIFT SHOW A GREAT SUCCESS
3. ZPMC PERFORMS MARITIME ACROBATICS TO DELIVER CRANES
4. ELECTRIC VEHICLE ASSOCIATION MARKS 20TH SYMPOSIUM
5. FORKLIFTACTION.COM CAPTION WINNER CROWNED
6. CRANE TOPPLES AFTER SHIP COLLISION


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1. GBP50 MILLION DEFENCE CONTRACT FOR BARLOWORLD
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MAIDENHEAD, United Kingdom -- Barloworld Handling Ltd has won an eight-year, GBP50 million (USD73 million) contract with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence's (MOD) Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) to supply and maintain more than 2000 pieces of materials handling equipment.

The "Pathfinder Re-let" contract covers outsourcing of forklifts, tractors, trailers and cranes, and the skills to maintain them. It will include the delivery of about 500 Hyster forklifts to support the MOD's 28 storage and distribution sites across the UK and Germany, Barloworld said.

The DLO is the largest organisation within the MOD and is responsible for the logistical support of the United Kingdom's defence forces - from food and fuel to ship spares and sandbags.

Under the deal, Barloworld will acquire the DLO materials handling fleet through its associate Barloworld Fleet Rentals, and finance new equipment over the contract term, maintaining an optimum age profile so equipment remains dependable and economical.

Barloworld public sector division director Gary Clements said the Pathfinder contract was similar to a deal struck with the MOD in 2000, where Barloworld was awarded outsourced management of the MOD's materials handling fleet.

"These contracts are by no means easy to win, and even harder to manage, but I believe the skills and resources we have available will meet and surpass the requirements," he said.

MOD project manager Lieutenant colonel David Masters said he was delighted to award the contract to Barloworld.

"The contract is an excellent deal for the armed forces and will see highly-efficient commercial practices injected into our materials handling capability, which will mean more money can be spent on frontline capability," he said.

Website: www.barloworld-handling.co.uk


2. FIRST DAEWOO FORKLIFT SHOW A GREAT SUCCESS
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INCHEON, South Korea -- Daewoo Heavy Industries & Machinery has booked several orders following its Daewoo International Forklift Show 2002.

A Daewoo official told The Korea Herald the show, held this month, drew more than 500 domestic industry executives and 300 dealers and customers from 40 countries.

The show, the first of its kind, would now be held every two years, and would become a showcase for technological development and overseas advancement of the forklift sector.

Thirty-one forklifts were exhibited, including a seven-tonne LPG forklift and three-wheeled battery electric forklifts. "We are seeing a constant growth rate with an international market occupancy of more than five percent," said Yang Jae-shin, Daewoo president and CEO.

"We anticipate the launch of new products to lead to active sales in the second half of this year, (and) an over 20 percent surge in exports with a significant increase in the number of orders."

The company plans to record forklift sales of 300 billion won (USD246.8 million) this year, making up 20 percent of the company's total sales. It would also raise its Chinese market share from seven percent to 10 percent.

Website: www.dhiltd.co.kr


3. ZPMC PERFORMS MARITIME ACROBATICS TO DELIVER CRANES
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OAKLAND, USA -- Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Co Ltd (ZPMC) has delivered four super-sized quayside container cranes to the Port of Oakland, California.

Each crane costs USD7 million, including delivery, and can handle new-generation ships with cargo berths 22 containers wide. For example, ships traversing the Panama Canal can only carry cargo up to 13 containers wide.

One of ZPMC's five specially-converted cargo ships, the Zhen Hua 4, left on May 20 from Shanghai, China, to deliver the cranes. On June 14, it proceeded at low tide under the Golden Gate Bridge with 10 feet (3.3 metres) to spare and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge with a margin of three feet (one metre).

The cranes' booms were lowered to 220 feet (66 metres) to fit under the bridges. The booms usually measure 365 feet (109.5 metres) high during cargo operations and during the trans-Pacific journey.

Each crane weighs about 1,200 tonnes, can lift 145,600 pounds (66 tonnes) at a time and can load or unload more than 30 containers an hour. Hoisting speed is 230 feet per minute.

Over the past week, the super-Panamax cranes were offloaded at the new Stevedoring Services of America terminal at Oakland. ZPMC will complete installation by mid-July.

In May, ZPMC delivered four large cranes to Oakland, two for Stevedoring Services and two for Transbay Container terminal. Last October, four others were delivered to the Hanjin terminal.

Shares in ZPMC, which has net assets of about USD220 million, trade on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. ZPMC makes rubber-tyred gantry cranes, bulk-material ship loaders and specialised stackers, reclaimers, vessels and steel bridges, in addition to quayside container cranes.

The Port of Oakland, established in 1927, operates as an independent department of the City of Oakland. The port employs 600 people, has responsibility for 19 miles (30 kilometres) of shoreline, and is the fourth-largest container port in the USA.

"We're creating the infrastructure needed to accommodate increased cargo shipping demands anticipated regionally and globally," Port of Oakland executive director Tay Yoshitani said.

The port installed its first container crane in the 1960s.

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4. ELECTRIC VEHICLE ASSOCIATION MARKS 20TH SYMPOSIUM
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LONG BEACH, USA -- The Electric Vehicle Association of the Americas (EVAA) has announced the theme for the 20th Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS) to be held from November 15-19, 2003, in Long Beach, California.

"EVS-20: Powering Sustainable Transportation" will gather together members of the international battery, hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicle industry, says a report in Electric Vehicle Online Today.

"This year's theme reflects the industry's focus on defining and building the infrastructure required to power battery, hybrid and fuel cell electric transportation options," said EVAA executive director Kateri Callahan.

"(It also) emphasises that electric transportation technologies represent a sustainable solution to providing the world (with) clean, efficient mobility that can be powered by renewable energy sources."

Bob Schomber, who is Florida Power & Light regional fleet manager and EVAA conferences committee co-chairman, said the event would showcase more than just light-duty and passenger vehicles.

"Electric transportation now comes in all shapes and sizes," he said. "There are electric shuttle and transit buses, electric airport equipment, forklifts, bikes and scooters, and even electric snowmobiles and boats available today."

The EVAA's 19th symposium is in Busan, Korea, from October 19-23, 2002.

Website: www.evaa.org


5. FORKLIFTACTION.COM CAPTION WINNER CROWNED
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USA -- Forkliftaction.com News's caption competition has been voted a huge success by the 30,000-strong readership. Judges received hundreds of nominations from readers on all continents and choosing a winner was difficult. One Australian company posted the photograph on noticeboards so workers could write captions. But there can only be one winner, and it is Wayne Borean, of Nett Technologies, Inc, in Canada, for this gem: "Umm, who moved the truck?!?!" Congratulations, Wayne.

Honourable mentions went to:
"The engineers decide more work is needed on the new rocket-powered forklift."
"The driver was rushed into emergency surgery to remove his fingers from his ears."
"I know, let's sue the manufacturer of the lift, the dealership that sold it and the salesperson..."

Congratulations to all participants. If you are yet to see the picture Forkliftaction.com News's readers were asked to add a caption to, go to http://www.forkliftaction.com/news/newsdisplay.asp?nwid=442. If you have a funny photograph or want to suggest another competition, contact info@forkliftaction.com.


6. CRANE TOPPLES AFTER SHIP COLLISION
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SWANSEA, United Kingdom -- A container crane has crashed onto a warehouse at Swansea Docks after being hit by a ship.

An inquiry is in progress into how the Eckert Oldendorff, registered in Liberia, came to knock the crane off its rails and send it toppling, a report in the South Wales Evening Post said.

The ship had arrived from Brazil with a cargo of wooden board, said dock spokesman Peter O'Brien. Nobody was injured, as the warehouse and dockside were deserted at the time.


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