Kalmar keen to build Trump’s Mexican wall

Finnish cargo handler Kalmar is in the mix for a very different type of project compared to its normal logistics fare, namely US president Donald Trump’s wall along the Mexican border.

Next Wednesday is the deadline for companies to submit concept papers on how to construct the giant wall, with Kalmar, part of the Cargotec empire, proposing containers could be used.

Stephen Speakes, the president of Kalmar Rough Terrain (RT) Center located in Cibolo Texas, has submitted an idea to the contest, based on which shipping containers could be used as building blocks for building the wall and that durable Kalmar rough terrain handlers would be suitable for this purpose. Additionally he has commented that there are plenty of surplus shipping containers that would be sensible to use for building the wall.

“Cargotec is constantly looking for new ways to grow its business and entrepreneurship and innovation are part of Cargotec’s corporate values. Mr Speakes aims to grow the business of Kalmar rough terrain handlers with this business idea,” a spokesperson for the company in Helsinki told Splash today, stressing: “Cargotec acts purely from a business basis and does not take part in political activity.”

Commenting via Twitter on the news, Olaf Merk, the ports and shipping expert of the International Transport Forum at the OECD, noted the irony of using “the unique connector of countries” – shipping containers – to close the US – Mexico border.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


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