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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Kalmar hybrid straddle saves 37% fuel at Antwerp terminal

Hybrid straddle carrier Hybrid straddle carrier Kalmar

Kalmar today reports that MSC Home Terminal, in the Belgian port of Antwerp, has reached a 37% decrease in fuel consumption during one month of operation with its new Kalmar hybrid straddle carrier compared to a conventional diesel-electric machine.

The equipment manufacturer, part of Finnish group Cargotec, says that the fuel consumption of its new straddle carrier averages 12.3 litres per hour, which reduces the carbon dioxide emission by 97 tonnes per year compared to a traditional machine.

Kalmar launched its new hybrid straddles in October 2013. Earlier this year, the manufacturer delivered seven straddle carriers, including one new-generation hybrid machine, to MSC Home Terminal, which is owned 50/50 by PSA and TIL. The container terminal has a capacity of 5.4 million TEUs and is equipped with 24 ship-to-shore (STS) cranes (including 21 supplied by Kalmar) and 127 straddle carriers (including 56 from Kalmar).

“We opted for the new Kalmar hybrid straddle carrier to gain savings in fuel consumption, to decrease carbon dioxide emissions and to improve usability and driver experience," said Randy Verresen, technical manager at MSC Home Terminal. "What's more, the new machine has clearly proven to offer a more ergonomic work environment for our drivers as well as being quiet and smooth to operate.”

"The Kalmar hybrid straddle carrier's regenerative energy system converts electrical braking and spreader lowering energy into electric power that is stored by the state-of-the-art battery technology,” said Tero Kokko, vice president, Horizontal Transportation at Kalmar. “An automated start-stop system chooses the optimal balance between engine and battery power. The new system can deliver a remarkable 40% decrease in fuel consumption compared to existing machines in the market while meeting the most stringent engine emission regulations worldwide."

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