The first two straddle carriers have now been delivered to Stockholm Norvik Port, Sweden’s new freight port, which is set to open in 2020 replacing the current CTF container terminal.
The carriers are 16 m in height and are intended to operate autonomously within the next couple of years.
Johan Wallén, marketing and sales manager at Ports of Stockholm, said: “These are the first of a total of eight straddle carriers that will handle the containers at the Stockholm Norvik Port.
“Initially the straddle carriers will be manually operated, but within two years we anticipate that they will be completely automated and operate autonomously.”
The units, which were built by the Chinese company ZPMC, weigh 70 tonnes and can build stacks four containers high.
The new container terminal will be run by Hutchison Ports, while the roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) section of the port will open during the autumn of 2020. This will be run as part of the Ports of Stockholm’s own business operations.