Napier Port commissions new eco-friendly Kalmar equipment

The large shipping port of Napier, near Bluff Hill on the east coast of New Zealand.

Napier Port has taken possession of four new Kalmar container handling machines in line with its Emissions Reduction Strategy and wider sustainability objectives.

These machines include two Eco Reach Stackers and two Empty Container Handlers, and they have a natural, long-term life cycle, according to the port.

Diesel usage is the primary source of Napier Port’s current emissions.

Its container handler fleet of 36 machines is one of the biggest sources of Scope 1 carbon emissions (2,945.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in FY22) at the port. Other emission contributors include the marine fleet and six mobile harbour cranes.

Napier Port CEO Todd Dawson said the port is focused on the reduction of diesel consumption and reducing carbon emissions on port.

“Our new Kalmar Eco Reach Stackers are best in class for emission rates and all four machines offer more efficient fuel usage rates over our existing inventory and will help drive down our annual diesel consumption and total emissions on port,” said Dawson.

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Kalmar New Zealand Director, Jason Manak, said: “Kalmar use eco-efficient technology to reduce fuel consumption by up to 40 per cent in comparison to traditionally powered diesel equipment.

“Combined with the highest lifting and lowering rates for improved cargo-handling productivity, these machines are able to operate with a reduced running costs per move,” Manak added.

The market for green, eco-friendly equipment in the shipping industry is rapidly growing.

In March 2023, Kalmar secured an order from Austrian rail logistics service provider, Innofreight Solutions GmbH (Innofreight), for a heavy electric forklift as part of Innofreight’s efforts to become carbon neutral by 2040.

In the same month, Ocean Network Express (ONE) ordered 10 large new container vessels that will be ready for methanol and ammonia and will be equipped with a bow cover and other energy saving technologies.

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