The Swedish port of Gothenburg has taken delivery of 12 new straddle carriers.
In a statement, APM Terminals (APMT) which operates APMT Gothenburg, said the delivery would increase storage capacity by 40% and increase productivity, with the ability to lift two 20 ft containers simultaneously.
The final two machines were delivered last week and the oldest of Gothenburg’s 38 straddle carriers will now be phased out.
The older straddle carriers could stack containers two-high whereas the new ones can stack three high.
The new machines are diesel-electric hybrids, which will reduce diesel consumption and particulate and CO2 emissions.
APMT Gothenburg technical manager Martin Koch said: “We are lowering our carbon emissions by more than 30% compared with our older vehicles. We are also able to reduce particulate emissions and CO2 emissions by over 90%.”
The company also said that the machines were safer, as they are easier to manoeuvre, more visible, equipped with four-point safety belts within the cab and utilise an advanced stability monitoring system.
The straddle carriers are part of a US$115m investment programme over the next five years which aims to establish the facility as a deep-water hub for Scandinavia and the Baltic area.
The terminal handled 780,000 teu in 2013 and is Sweden’s biggest, although it did not appear in CM’s World Top 120 Container Ports.