HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder orders battery-powered tractors

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HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder advances electrification of vehicles

HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) has ordered seven new battery-powered tractor units in a bid to reduce CO₂ emissions at the terminal.

According to a recent statement, the new electrified equipment will save nearly 3,000 tonnes of CO₂ compared with currently in use diesel machines.

The order follows battery-powered automated guided vehicles (AGVs) delivered in March.

“We have been testing a battery-powered tractor unit in operation at CTA since 2021,” said Finja Below from CTA Terminal Development.

“The vehicle has proven to be successful in tests conducted in regular operations”.

READ: Container Terminal Altenwerder is vital to HHLA’s green goals

As a result of the positive experience, the port placed an order for seven additional tractor units, and started works to establish a corresponding charging infrastructure.

The tractor units supplement the container gantry cranes as well as the rail mounted gantry cranes in the block storage area and in the rail terminal – which are already powered by green electricity.

The terminal will completely convert AGVs to battery power by 2023.

The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to promote the usage of alternative, climate-friendly solutions for commercial vehicles.

HHLA recorded a positive performance in revenue and earnings in the first half of 2022 – whilst its container segment’s growth suffered supply chain hurdles.

The group’s revenue rose by almost 10 per cent to €779.5 million ($797 million) in H1 2022, benefiting from a further increase in storage fees and longer dwell times for containers at its facilities.

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