Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded a contract to supply Lineas Intermodal rail operator with two Kalmar Hybrid Straddle Carriers.
According to a statement, the order was booked in Q3 of 2019 with delivery scheduled to be completed in Q1 of 2020.
Lineas, one of the largest private rail freight operator in Europe, operates the intermodal rail connected terminal ‘Main Hub’ in Antwerp-North.
The Kalmar Hybrid Straddle Carriers will help Lineas to significantly reduce both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions when compared to using traditional diesel-powered machines.
The equipment delivered to Lineas will have a four-high stacking capacity and a lifting capacity of 40 tons.
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The Kalmar Hybrid Straddle Carrier also features a maintenance-free regenerative energy system that converts braking and spreader lowering energy into electrical power and stores it in a state-of-the-art on-board lithium-ion battery system.
According to a statement, Lineas’s equipment fleet already includes four Kalmar straddle carriers.
Joris Gielen, Head of Supply Chain Management at Lineas Intermodal, said, “Kalmar is a long-term partner of ours and an industry leader in eco-efficient cargo-handling technologies.
“We have been extremely satisfied with the Kalmar straddle carriers in our fleet and the local service support, and are looking forward to taking advantage of the fuel and cost efficiencies the new machines will bring.
Damien Cols, Director, Global Customers, at Kalmar, said, “We’re extremely pleased that our straddle carrier solutions will continue to play a key role in Lineas Intermodal’s daily operations in Antwerp.
“Eco-efficient hybrid machines offer a fast-track to a more sustainable future for cargo handling operations and are becoming an increasingly popular choice for terminals of all kinds.
“We’re proud to be able to help the Antwerp hub claim the title of Europe’s first intermodal terminal to adopt hybrid technology.