Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) has commissioned the operation of its first hybrid straddle carrier prototypes at the Port of Hamburg in Germany.

The two new Konecranes Noell Straddle Carriers are deployed at HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT). They will be used to move containers between ship, yard, rail terminal and the truck gate at the terminal.

Powered by environmentally friendly hybrid engines, the carriers are designed to use around 15% less fuel each than their predecessors and will ultimately help reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), nitric oxide and particulate matter.

According to carrier manufacturer Konecranes, each of the machines is expected to reduce 30t to 50t of CO2 annually.

HHLA CTT managing director Dr Thomas Koch said: “With the new hybrid straddle carriers, we are cutting our energy costs and reducing emissions.

“This is further evidence that HHLA is a consistent supporter of cutting-edge technology and intelligent solutions. The company, the environment and the employees all benefit.”

“With the new hybrid straddle carriers, we are cutting our energy costs and reducing emissions.”

The two carriers have been developed and tested by Konecranes at its facility in Würzburg, Germany.

The hybrid carriers are designed to use the surplus energy produced during braking or when the load is being lowered. The surplus energy is stored in a high-performance lithium-ion battery and can be used by the vehicle when it starts driving.

Konecranes Business Line Straddle Carrier director Hubert Foltys said: “With the new hybrid-battery generation, Konecranes is taking the propulsion technology for straddle carriers to the next level and enabling HHLA to make further significant improvements to the economy and ecology of container handling at Tollerort.”