Terminal operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has put the Port of Hamburg’s first duo of Konecranes hybrid straddle carriers into operation.
According to a statement, the energy-saving machines are now transporting containers between the ship, the yard, the rail terminal and the truck gate at the HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT).
HHLA expects the two prototypes to use 15% less diesel than previous straddle carriers implemented at the port, as well as reducing emissions of CO2, nitric oxide and particulate matter.
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Powered by environmentally-friendly technology, the straddle carrier stores surplus energy in a high-performance lithium-ion battery before re-using it later, significantly easing the load on the combustion engine.
The prototypes represent a further step by HHLA towards making their heavy machinery more eco-friendly, as explained by Dr. Thomas Koch, CTT Managing Director.
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“With the new hybrid straddle carriers, we are cutting our energy costs and reducing emissions.
“This is further evidence that HHLA is a consistent supporter of cutting-edge technology and intelligent solutions. The company, the environment and the employees all benefit.”
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Hubert Foltys, Director of the Business Line Straddle Carrier at Konecranes, added: “HHLA and Konecranes are united by a long-standing partnership which has often involved pioneering work to introduce innovative container handling solutions.
“With the new hybrid-battery generation, Konecranes is taking the propulsion technology for straddle carriers to the next level and enabling HHLA to make further significant improvements to the economy and ecology of container handling at Tollerort.”
HHLA has expressed its commitment to achieving sustainability, and in 2008 targeted a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020.