Finnish manufacturer Kalmar has delivered three hybrid shuttle carriers ordered by the port of Virginia in late 2014 to Virginia International Gateway terminal (VIG) in Portsmouth.
The company, part of Cargotec, developed a hybrid technology for cargo handling equipment that is expected to significantly reduce diesel fuel consumption and emissions, as well as engine noise levels.
The shuttle carriers are equipped with maneuverability features such as active stability control as a standard and the redesigned drive and steering, which are expected to improve the performance of the operations by allowing the machine to move diagonally in crab mode and around its vertical axis.
Joe Harris, a spokesman for the port of Virginia, said that these additions to the fleet, which are the first real hybrid shuttle carriers in the US, will help the port in achieving its “operational and environmental targets.”
Tero Kokko, vice president of horizontal transportation at Kalmar, said: “The developments we have made in shuttle carrier technology bring many benefits to container handling business at modern terminals.”
Kokko added that the manufacturer is investing in research and development.
The port of Virginia ranked 64 in the 2015 issue of CM’s World Top Container Ports having handled 2,393,038 teu in 2014.
VIG is a privately-owned container terminal along the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth, Virginia.