Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has secured an order for nine diesel-electric straddle carriers from the leading European port and transport logistics group Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA). The order was booked in Cargotec's 2016 first quarter order intake, with delivery taking place during the fourth quarter of 2016.
Established in 1968, HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) is the largest and oldest facility for container handling in the Port of Hamburg. The terminal has an annual capacity of more than 3 million TEU. The order continues a long tradition of innovation and collaboration with Kalmar. CTB was the first terminal to introduce the straddle carrier concept as well as a unique automatic stacking crane (ASC) concept featuring three cranes per block. The new units will be used to transport containers from ship-to-shore cranes to the ASCs.
Jens Hansen, Managing Director of Container Terminal Burchardkai, says: "These new fuel-efficient Kalmar straddle carriers support our goals to cut both operating costs and exhaust emissions at the terminal. Importantly, with their quiet operation they also set a new benchmark in terms of noise emissions, which will help us further reduce our impact on the surrounding environment and comply with stricter new regulations. We have relied on Kalmar straddle carriers to support our operations for many years, and we particularly appreciate the long-term reliability of the equipment as well as the local support services that help keep our daily operations running smoothly."
Bjorn Steffen, Sales Manager at Kalmar Germany, says: Kalmar's ESC350 electric straddle carriers offer superior fuel efficiency coupled with low noise and emissions. Our equipment is known for its proven performance. In addition, the technical service support that we offer locally helps to keep the equipment working at its optimum."