Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG’s (HHLA) is moving forward with the renewal of its straddle carrier fleet at Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT), with eight new straddle carriers going into operation.
HHLA has reported that the straddle carriers have since been transporting containers in a more environmentally friendly way between ship, yard, rail terminal and truck gate.
These vehicles consume significantly less fuel and thus also emit correspondingly fewer emissions, according to HHLA.
Including these eight new units, the hybrid straddle carrier fleet at CTT now totals 18 units.
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The straddle carriers store surplus energy, which is, for example, generated during braking or while the load is being lowered, in a high-performance lithium-ion battery.
As it drives, the vehicle uses this energy from the battery. This significantly eases the load on the combustion engine, according to HHLA.
Each hybrid straddle carrier thus saves over 30 per cent fuel per operating hour compared to the diesel-electric previous models, meaning that the eight new hybrid straddle carriers can save about 200,000 litres of diesel per year.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are also greatly reduced by around 530 tonnes per year.
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“With the modern hybrid straddle carriers, we are cutting our energy costs and reducing emissions at the same time,“ said CTT Managing Director, Robin Steyer.
The new equipment also aligns with HHLA aims of halving its CO2 emissions compared to 2018 by 2030, and to operate in a completely climate-neutral manner by 2040.
Earlier this year, HHLA commissioned Linde Engineering to build a hydrogen filling station that will be a part of the test centre for hydrogen powered port logistics at the CTT in the Port of Hamburg.
More recently, HHLA TK Estonia terminal set a new record by welcoming the biggest Ro-Ro vessels to call at the terminal. The three vessels in question are Finnlines’ Finnsky, Finnbreeze, and Finneco, which departed from Travemünde Port in Germany and visited Muuga on seven occasions.