Cargo handling specialist Kalmar has agreed to supply 12 hybrid straddle carriers to DP World Southampton in the UK.
Southampton is often the first or last call for container ships serving trade routes between Northern Europe and the Far East, and will implement the new equipment at its container terminal.
With an expected delivery date of Q2 of 2019, the order, which includes operator training and six months of on-site maintenance support, fulfils the aims of DP World’s sustainability programme by using natural resources responsibly.
Kalmar has found that its hybrid technology significantly reduces the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of straddle carrier operations, as well as generating far less noise pollution.
The 12-machine order from DP World Southampton consists of three units with a 50-ton lifting capacity, and nine that are capable of lifting 40 tons.
Mikko Mononen, Vice President of Intelligent Horizontal Transportation at Kalmar, commented: “We have been delighted to be able to support DP World at many of their terminals around the world.
Peter Söderberg, of Kalmar, discusses cargo handling equipment in a recent Port Technology technical paper
“Our hybrid straddle carriers will help DP World Southampton achieve its environmental goals while boosting the efficiency of container moves at the same time.”
Nick Loader, UK Chief Operating Officer, DP World, said: “With this significant investment package on these new hybrid straddles we have achieved a significant milestone in investing in our environment and our future.
“We believe that working in a sustainable and responsible way is essential to building a strong business for our customers, our people and the community in which we operate.”