Kalmar, a part of Cargotec Corporation, has agreed a deal to supply leading terminal operator DP World with 63 of its hybrid straddle carriers, which will be distributed across four European container terminals.
As part of the agreement, 12 units will be delivered to Generale de Manutention Portuaire (GMP) in Le Havre, France, 20 units to Eurofos in Marseille, France, 19 units to Antwerp Gateway in Belgium, and 12 units to DP World Southampton in the UK.
According to a statement, Kalmar and DP World have established a successful partnership during the period they have worked together, and share the vision of a “more eco-efficient and sustainable future for the cargo-handling industry”.
Kalmar already supports the daily operations of multiple DP World terminals and, in February 2019, the two companies signed a deal that will see a fleet of mobile equipment delivered to the Posorja terminal in Ecuador, a DP World facility currently undergoing its first phase of development.
GMP, which is based in the Port of Le Havre, has been using Kalmar straddle carriers since the early 1990s and received a new all-electric fleet of 12 straddle carriers earlier in 2019.
Antwerp Gateway, which also uses six ship-to-shore cranes from Kalmar to carry out its operations, will add the new equipment to a 23-strong fleet of hybrid straddle carriers received during the last two years.
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DP World has expressed its commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of its operations, which it aims to achieve by cutting the amount of energy used at its terminals and investing in products which produce less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The hybrid straddle carriers from Kalmar are expected to support the operator’s pursuit of eco-efficiency, enabling significant reductions in terms of both the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions when compared to using traditional machines fuelled by diesel.
In addition to this, hybrid machines generate much less noise pollution than diesel-powered equivalents.
Peter Söderberg, Kalmar, discusses eco-efficient terminal operations in a recent Port Technology technical paper
Edi Cioran, Regional Operations Director for Europe at DP World, said: “Kalmar has been a trusted partner of ours for several years already, and their proven technology and commitment to developing eco-efficient solutions fits perfectly with our commitment to being a world leader in sustainability.
“The hybrid straddle carrier solution will support our terminals in achieving their environmental goals, while also boosting the efficiency of container moves at the same time.”
Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President of Automation and Projects at Kalmar, also commented: “We are delighted to further strengthen our already excellent relationship with DP World and continue our shared journey on the road towards a more sustainable future for cargo handling operations.
“We are investing continuously in R&D efforts to develop more eco-efficient solutions and we are pleased to see that our customers share the same priorities.”