Kalmar, part of Cargotec Corporation, has agreed a deal with transport logistics group Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) to supply 10 new straddle carriers.
Kalmar and HHLA share a strong working relationship, with the latest order bringing the number of straddle carriers purchased by HHLA to 30 in the last two years.
The new units will be implemented at the HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB), Port of Hamburg’s largest container handling facility with an annual capacity of more than 3 million TEU.
CTB was also the first terminal to introduce the straddle carrier concept, transporting containers from ship-to-shore cranes to automatic stacking cranes (ASC).
Kalmar are set to deliver nine straddle carriers with diesel-electric powertrains, and one hybrid straddle carrier with a maintenance-free regenerative energy system by Q1 of 2019
All ten next-generation machines will feature new robust mobile drives, a completely redesigned electrical system for the upper frame and spreader, a more spacious electric cabinet layout and LED working lights.
Peter Söderberg, of Kalmar, discusses cargo handling equipment in a recent Port Technology technical paper
Jens Hansen, of HHLA’s Executive Board, said: “Our partnership with Kalmar goes from strength to strength, and these new machines will be vital in terms of helping us to continue to reduce operating costs and cut noise and emissions.
“We particularly appreciate the long-term reliability and proven performance of Kalmar equipment, as well as the local support services that help keep it working at its very best, so naturally we turned to Kalmar when it came to this latest expansion of our horizontal transport fleet.”
Mikko Monomen, Vice President of Intelligent Horizontal Transportation Solutions at Kalmar, also commented: We are proud to be able to continue to support HHLA in achieving its business goals with this new order.
“With terminals facing increasing pressure to cut noise and emissions while continuously improving productivity, our next-generation machines offer an ideal solution.”