Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will supply 11 Kalmar Hybrid Shuttle Carriers to the Port of Virginia.
The order was booked in Cargotec’s Q3 2022 order intake, and the delivery of the machines is scheduled to be completed in Q3 2023.
This is the sixth consecutive order of hybrid shuttle carriers from the port.
All the new units will be delivered to Virginia International Gateway (VIG), one of the port’s primary container terminals capable of handling the biggest vessels in the Atlantic trade.
Upon delivery the Port of Virginia will have altogether 103 Kalmar Hybrid Shuttle Carriers in operation between its two terminals.
The new units will directly replace the Kalmar diesel-hydraulic shuttle carriers that were delivered during the terminal’s opening in 2007.
The order marks a crucial next step in the Port of Virginia’s commitment to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2040, according to a recent statement.
“The Port of Virginia has already surpassed a 32 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions since 2017, which is largely due to the long-term strategic decision to transition the shuttle carrier fleet to Kalmar hybrids,” said Rich Ceci, Vice President of Technology and Projects, Port of Virginia.
“We are pleased with Kalmar’s continued commitment to delivering on-time quality products to us. Their local support team continues to work together with our management and ILA-partners to keep things moving consistently.”
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“We are all faced with challenging times. Our customers, our suppliers and our factories continue to be burdened with shortages,” added Troy Thompson, Vice President, Sales, Kalmar Americas.
“However, we have remained steadfast in our journey and committed to our deliveries. We continue to invest in our local resources to be the world’s best intelligent horizontal transport supplier.
“Our hybrid straddle/shuttle carrier fleet has now surpassed some 250 units just in the US, largely due to the partnership with the Port of Virginia. We cannot thank them enough for their continued trust in Kalmar.”
Last week, Kalmar announced it will supply Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) with three of its T2i terminal tractors.