In a bid to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, APM Terminals (APMT) Vado has finalised a contract with Kalmar for the delivery of 19 Hybrid Straddle Container Handlers.
Vado is currently being constructed on North Italy’s Ligurian Coast and the facility is scheduled to become operational in January, 2018.
The 800,000 TEU annual capacity deep-water APMT Vado facility will be the first container terminal to employ an entirely hybrid straddle carrier fleet.
The advanced regenerative energy system designed for the hybrid (diesel-electric) straddle carriers uses an automated computer-assisted power system to determine the most efficient balance between the diesel engine and battery power.
Carlo Merli, Managing Director of APMT Vado said: “The enhanced hybrid power will result in an estimated 30% reduction in fuel consumption, as well as a reduction of an estimated 45 tonnes of CO2 annually per unit, compared with conventional diesel/electric-powered straddle carriers.
“Environmental sustainability and optimised productivity are priorities for both operations and equipment selection in APM Terminals Vado.”
Fact File: In August 2015, APM Terminals assumed control of the existing Vado Ligure Reefer Terminal as part of the port master plan to create new supply chain capabilities for markets in Northern Italy, Southern France, Switzerland and Germany. Operations at the two facilities will be merged after the new container terminal is completed.