Kalmar to deliver new carriers to Antwerp terminals


Kalmar has signed an agreement with MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) and PSA Antwerp to deliver 34 Kalmar Straddle Carriers to their terminals in the Port of Antwerp.

Of the new machinery, 10 hybrid straddle carriers and 19 diesel-electric straddle carriers will be delivered to MPET, while five hybrid straddle carriers are set to be delivered to PSA Antwerp.

The order was booked in Cargotec’s Q4 2021 order intake and delivery is scheduled to be completed in Q3 2022.

The new machinery offers the terminals a more eco-efficient alternative to their current diesel-operated equipment, allowing them to decarbonise their logistics. The purchase of 15 Kalmar Straddle Carriers will help reduce CO2 emissions by at least 15% versus diesel machines, equivalent to around 600 tones per year.

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“We chose Kalmar Straddle Carriers to replace our older equipment due to the eco-efficient potential, high-quality products and excellent local service capabilities,” said Harold Kunst, CEO of MPET.

“As a straddle carrier terminal, we trust that the new-generation equipment will help us improve our operational performance, and the hybrids, in particular, will help reduce the carbon footprint of our operations.”

Cameron Thorpe, CEO of PSA Antwerp, added “Global warming means we must act: to continue with our terminal decarbonisation we are setting-up various pilots around electrification and hydrogen within the framework of our Green Straddle Carrier Program.”

Mikko Mononen, Vice President of Sales for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) at Kalmar, also commented “We are happy that MPET and PSA Antwerp chose our state-of-the-art straddle carrier technology to enhance their capacity and support their journey towards more eco-efficient operations at the Port of Antwerp.

“Kalmar Straddle Carriers are trusted by terminal operators the world over for their ability to boost the efficiency of operations as well as their excellent fuel efficiency and low noise. They feature a spacious, ergonomic cabin and intuitive user interface, comply with the latest exhaust emission regulations and can be fully automated.”

Kalmar has also recently released MyKalmar, a new platform for all its digital services that will allow its customers to oversee their Kalmar fleets.

Announced in November 2021, the company revealed the platform helps customers gain greater transparency about their material handling solutions and services, including contract information, lists of equipment at their operations and spare part order history.

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