DP World, a leading global operator of marine and inland terminals, has made an order for eight Kalmar Hybrid Straddle Carriers to its Antwerp Gateway terminal in Belgium.
Kalmar and DP World have a long and distinguished relationship, with the Antwerp Gateway container terminal already operating six Kalmar STS cranes and 18 Kalmar straddle carriers.
DP World is committed to minimising impacts of its business to the environment and its ‘Our World, Our Future’ programme is to better manage natural resources and emissions.
The new Kalmar Hybrid Straddle Carriers will be a significant factor in meeting this goal. With hybrid technology, the fuel consumption of the straddle carrier can decrease up to 40% and the annual CO2 emissions by over 50 tons per unit compared to traditional machines.
In addition the hybrid start/stop function will provide lowest noise emissions in the market.
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The maintenance-free regenerative energy system of the Kalmar Hybrid Straddle Carriers converts braking and spreader-lowering energy into electrical power and stores it in a state-of-the-art on-board battery system.
The straddle carriers feature industry leading stability, safety, and manoeuvrability features such as active stability control as a standard, enhancing the performance of the operations.
The order was booked in Cargotec's 2017 first quarter order intake with delivery scheduled for Q3, 2017.
Jef Lambregts, Technical Manager at DP World Antwerp Gateway, said: “Kalmar's hybrid straddle carriers offer significant reductions in fuel consumption and emissions, meaning they perfectly complement our environmental goals.
“These new machines will help us take a big step forward in terms of minimising the terminal's environmental impact and improving the energy efficiency of our operations.”
Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President, Automation and Projects at Kalmar, said: “We are delighted that DP World once again chose our solution to their Antwerp Gateway terminal. Our hybrid straddle carriers can help the customer reach their ambitious environmental goals and at the same time boost efficiency of container moves at the terminal.”
Kalmar’s biggest single order of horizontal transportation to date will see 30 of its Hybrid Shuttle Carriers delivered to APM Terminals for its MedPort Terminal in Tangier, Marocco, at the end of 2018.