The Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) is an important building component to Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft’s (HHLA) plans to cut emissions and increase operational efficiency, a company’s spokesperson told PTI.
The terminal operator reiterated its environmentally friendly ambitions following the arrival of 16 new automated guided vehicles with lithium-ion battery drive to the CTA.
HHLA has sought to cut emissions at across its operations and the CTA is playing a vital part in that effort.
The spokesperson said the CTA’s containers cranes and gantry cranes at block storage and rail gantry cranes are already 100% powered by green electricity. The terminal has been certified climate-neutral since 2019.
The long-term goals are to halve CO2 emissions by 2030 and achieve full climate neutrality by 2040 across HHLA’s entire terminal portfolio.
“To achieve these goals, the Container Terminal Altenwerder is of course an important building component,” the spokesperson said.
The 16 AGVs were supplied by Konecranes Gottwald, the cost of the new fleet has not been disclosed by HHLA.
The conversion of the fleet has been supported by Hamburg’s Ministry for Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture, with support from the European Regional Development Fund.
The vehicles independently drive to the charging stations as needed and recharge their batteries with green electricity.
HHLA said it expects more electricity-powered equipment in 2021 as part of its plans.
“In 2021, the CTA will receive five more energy charging stations,” HHLA said. “In addition, ten more AGVs will be delivered this year.
“The complete conversion of the AGV fleet to fast charging battery drive is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.”
The company has also made numerous other environmentally friendly plans, including an initiative to promote inland shipping.
In October 2020 it signed a cooperation agreement with Brunsbuttel Ports and Kruse freight forwarders to optimise inland processes on the Elbe waterway.