Finnish manufacturer Kalmar has received an order for eight new diesel-electric straddle carriers by the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand.
The new order is part of the port’ ongoing process to gradually switch over to diesel-electric straddle carriers in attempt to reduce the environmental impact of its operations.
The new straddle carriers, which are scheduled to be delivered in 2016, will join a fleet of 28 straddle carriers manufactured by Kalmar, part of Cargotec, already in operation at the container terminal.
The facilities, which are the country’s largest container terminal and freight gateway, use the existing vehicles for transporting containers to and from the quay cranes, as well as loading road trucks and rail wagons.
According to a statement by Kalmar, the Port of Tauranga, which has a current annual volume of 930,000 teu, invested a total of NZD350m over five years in order to be prepared to handle “significantly larger volumes of cargo per shipment”.
The facilities, which are located on New Zealand’s North Island, are currently using a Terminal Operating System (TOS) from Cargotec’s subsidiary Navis.
Dan Kneebone, property and infrastructure manager at the Port of Tauranga, said in a statement: “Kalmar diesel-electric straddle carriers play a vital role in helping to maximise productivity and efficiency while reducing running costs and environmental impact of our operations.
“Diesel-electric straddle carriers provide more efficiency through their twin lifting capability [and] they also are environmentally friendlier, which is very important to us.”