HPH owned-Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT), Pakistan, is in the midst of a number of green equipment initiatives to substantially reduce their carbon footprint.
The programme covers the conversion of 20 rubber tyre gantry cranes (RTGs) into hybrid models and the electrification of seven quay cranes aimed at reducing the facility’s annual carbon dioxide production by four million Kg.
This project is the first of its kind to be completed in Pakistan.
The electric quay cranes will be connected to a newly built powerhouse that is more efficient than individual onboard diesel engines and the hybrid RTGs are fitted with batteries. By doing so, KICT hopes to increase vehicle efficiency and reduce fuel costs, whilst benefiting the environment.
The hybrid RTG project was successfully completed in December last year at a total investment of US$5.5 million, whilst quay crane electrification is expected within the second quarter of 2014.
Speaking to the Pakistan Observer, KICT chief executive, Keith Lau said “KICT is mindful of the need to protect the environment and is actively identifying viable options to reduce reuse and recycle in its operations.”
“The conversion of RTGs into hybrid models and the electrification of QCs underline our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint and conserve resources. It has also set a benchmark for the industry to adopt Green management practices.”
KICT is the largest container terminal operator in Pakistan and currently operates 11 quay cranes and 29 RTGs.