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Kalmar supports Westport AS in decarbonisation efforts

Kalmar supplies Westport AS with an electric reachstacker
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Kalmar has agreed to supply Westport AS with a Kalmar Electric Reachstacker to help reach decarbonisation targets.

The order, which also includes a five-year Kalmar Complete Care service agreement, was booked in Cargotec’s Q1 2022 order intake. Delivery is scheduled to be completed in early Q4 of 2022.

Westport, the leading port operator in Western Norway, offers services connected to the Ports of Risavika, outside Stavanger, and Dokken in Bergen. This order will add to its current fleet of two Kalmar Gloria Reachstackers in a bid to help it decarbonise its operations by 2030.

This new reachstacker was initially brought to market in December 2021 and boasts a lifting capacity of 45 tons and can stack five high and three rows deep. Additionally, the 326kWh lithium-ion battery is covered by a five-year warranty and has an expected first life of 10-12 years.

This battery capacity is sufficient to cover a full working shift, with charging performed during scheduled breaks using CCS chargers with a maximum capacity of 350kW, making this the world’s first reachstacker to implement this charging standard.

Furthermore, the five-year Kalmar Complete Care agreement will provide Westport with preventive and corrective maintenance services tailored to meet its operational needs. This aims to enable better operational and financial predictability, lower operational risk and reduce downtime.

“The new Kalmar Electric Reachstacker will play a key role in helping us to achieve our target of zero emissions by 2030,” said Kurt A. Ommundsen, CEO of Westport.

“The fact that we are the first in the world to use a new and innovative technology from Kalmar speaks volumes about our ambition to be at the forefront of the green shift. Our investments in electrification, hybrid solutions and biodiesel will enable us to reduce our emissions by 56% in 2022.”

Alf-Gunnar Karlgren, Vice President of Counterbalanced Container Handlers at Kalmar Mobile Solutions, added “Kalmar and Westport are united by a firm commitment to reduce carbon emissions in the port and terminal industry. Westport has set ambitious emission-reduction targets and is showing great leadership by adding electric reachstackers to their fleet in order to reach its new zero-emission target.

“Together we are showing the industry that electrified reachstacker container handling is a feasible solution today. We at Kalmar are honoured and proud over this agreement and we are confident that many more companies will follow Westport’s lead as the industry seeks to lay the foundation for a more sustainable future.”

Kalmar has also recently signed a joint development agreement with Coast Autonomous Inc. to speed up the development and launch of robotic solutions across the mobile equipment offering.

To emphasise the common long-term interests of the partnership between the companies, Kalmar has become a minority shareholder of Coast Autonomous.

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