Finnish equipment manufacturer Kalmar has received an order for 27 diesel-electric straddle carriers from US port operator Maher Terminals for its facilities at Port Elizabeth, New Jersey.
The order for the manufacturer’s ESC350 straddle carriers, which was booked into the 2015 third quarter order intake and is expected to be delivered in spring 2016, is part of Maher Terminals’ effort to renew and expand its straddle carrier fleet.
The order for the units, which feature diesel-electric power using US EPA-mandated Tier 4 Final emission controls, followed the port operator’s launch of a sustainable port infrastructure project to strengthen its operations while reducing its environmental impact and use of natural resources.
The equipment manufacturer claimed that the units include special features to enhance productivity and performance “in the challenging operating conditions of the customer”.
The straddle carriers, which will be pre-tested in Kalmar’s testing facilities, will be delivered fully erected for a reduced time of installation and commissioning at the terminal.
Richard Pope, Kalmar’s manager of port crane sales in North America, said: “Maher Terminals LLC is a long-standing customer of ours and we value the relationship greatly. We are honoured to be part of their development activities.”
According to local media, the terminal operator’s sustainable port infrastructure project includes several environmental and energy facility upgrades at its terminal in Elizabeth, among which energy conservation measures at the facilities’ two primary onsite buildings and the installation of solar panels throughout the terminal.