US-based Maher Terminals has placed an order with Kalmar for the supply of 26 new straddle carriers.

The Kalmar diesel-electric carriers will be installed at Maher’s marine container terminal at the Port of New York and New Jersey, US, and are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of this year.

The carriers will help Maher achieve its fleet renewal programme.

The Maher terminal spans over an area of around 500 acres and has the capacity to handle around two million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of cargo.

Kalmar Americas Sales vice-president Troy Thompson said: “The repeat orders placed by Maher Terminals demonstrate the high level of confidence they have in the quality and reliability of our straddle carrier offering, as well as our parts and service support that helps ensure everything runs smoothly and on schedule.”

Maher’s new Kalmar diesel-electric straddle carriers will have a 50t twin-lift capacity and will include multiple customisations that have been jointly developed by Kalmar and Maher.

“Repeat orders placed by Maher Terminals demonstrate the high level of confidence they have in the quality and reliability of our straddle carrier offering.”

Carriers will be equipped with new mobile drives, which have been upgraded with a newly designed electrical system for the upper frame and spreader. There will be a more spacious electric cabinet layout and LED working lights.

Kalmar straddle carriers are designed to enable terminal operators to conduct faster ship-to-shore crane operations and more efficient landside activities.

In September, Kalmar secured a deal from DP World Southampton to provide 12 hybrid straddle carriers.

Delivery of the carriers at DP World Southampton’s container terminal in the UK is scheduled to take place in the second quarter of this year.