Port of Virginia invests US$23m in Kalmar hybrid equipment

Port of Virginia invests US$23m in Kalmar hybrid equipment
A hybrid shuttle carrier at the Port of Virginia

The Port of Virginia has ordered 25 Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers, representing a total investment of US$23m, which are expected to be delivered by the end of July 2020.

Booked in Cargotect’s 2019 Q3, the new units represent the exercising of a contract option for further units that was agreed upon in 2017.

The hybrid shuttle carriers will be delivered to the port’s largest terminal Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), which is capable of handling the biggest vessels on the Atlantic trade.

Kalmar’s hybrid shuttle carriers feature a robust new mobile drive, a completely redesigned electrical system for the upper frame and spreader as well as a more spacious electric cabinet layout and LED working lights as standard.

The Port of Virginia has been using Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers since August 2015 and the manufacturer provides the port with support and servicing through a dedicated local team of technicians.

NIT is in the process of converting to using automated stacking cranes instead of employing straddle carriers to allow for the higher container-stack density that is required for handling larger vessels.

John Reinhart, CEO and executive director of Virginia Port Authority, said: “These shuttle carriers are another step in the evolution of NIT and of the growing capabilities at the Port of Virginia.

“Because they are hybrids, they help us cut fuel consumption, reduce emissions and improve the overall sustainability of our operations.”

Kalmar Americas’ vice president of sales, Troy Thompson, said: “We are delighted to build on our excellent partnership with Virginia Port Authority by helping them to boost container-handling capacity with our eco-efficient hybrid shuttle carriers.”

According to Thompson, the company’s dedicated team of technicians have managed to keep the port of Virginia’s fleet up and running at 90% or greater uptime.