DP World invests £12 million in fully electric straddle carriers at London Gateway

DP World invests £12 million in fully electric straddle carriers at London Gateway

DP World has invested £12 million ($15.2 million) in eight new straddle carriers to service its fourth new berth at the London Gateway logistics hub.

The innovative new machines will be part of the first all-electric fleet to go into commercial operation at a port, according to DP World, and herald a major step forward for the sustainability of the global supply chain.

Each straddle carrier, which moves containers handled by the quay cranes and then services onward forms of transport via road and rail, reportedly reduces carbon emissions by 54 per cent compared with non-electric models.

Andrew Bowen, UK Chief Operating Officer at DP World, said: “After three years of successful trials at London Gateway in an operational environment, we are delighted to announce that we have placed a £12 million ($15.2 million) order for eight fully electric straddle carriers to service our new fourth berth.

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“This news represents the culmination of four years of work in partnership with Kalmar, with whom we first converted a hybrid straddle carrier into a fully electric machine in 2019,” he added.

“These straddle carriers are capable of operating for up to four hours without needing to be recharged and when required the battery can be charged in just 45 minutes.

“This latest investment in green innovation reinforces DP World’s commitment to mitigating the impacts of climate change by becoming a net zero logistics organisation by 2050.”

Mikko Mononen, Vice President, Sales Management, Horizontal Transportation, at Kalmar, added: “Our new high-energy battery technology has been developed in response to customer demand for a battery-based solution that is more closely aligned with their operating patterns.”

“We have been working with DP World at London Gateway for many years on solutions to help them improve efficiency and reduce the impact of their operations on the environment.”

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“The terminal has been piloting a fully electric straddle carrier since 2018, and this project has served to demonstrate that fully electric machines are the optimal next step on the terminal’s decarbonisation journey,” explained Mononen.

The straddle carriers will go into service next summer on completion of London Gateway’s £350 million ($443 million) new fourth berth, where all major equipment is expected to be electric thereby making it one of the most sustainable ever built.

This represents the latest in a series of investments which DP World has made to help green the UK supply chain, with its Southampton logistics hub reporting its most sustainable year ever in 2022 after eliminating fossil diesel from its operations entirely and transitioning to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO).

In April 2023, DP World Southampton achieved a new record in container handling for the second week in a row.

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