The New Zealand-based Port of Tauranga has placed an order for eight diesel-electric straddle carriers with Kalmar, a part of Cargotec that provides cargo handling solutions.
The new order is scheduled for delivery this year.
Located on New Zealand’s North Island, the Port of Tauranga is a container terminal and premier freight gateway, and handles a volume of 930,000 twenty foot equivalent units (TEU) per year.
Over the past five years, the port has invested NZD350m ($248m) in a bid to handle larger container vessels.
Port of Tauranga property and infrastructure manager Dan Kneebone said: "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. This means that each straddle can pick up two containers instead of just one, which obviously leads to much quicker vessel turnaround times. They also are environmentally friendlier, which is very important to us.
"We appreciate Kalmar’s excellent local technical support, technological innovation and reliable delivery schedules. These new units will help us to remain competitive by ensuring that we are well prepared to handle significantly larger volumes of cargo per shipment."
Currently, the Port of Tauranga has a fleet of 28 Kalmar straddle carriers, which are used for loading road trucks and rail wagons, as well as for transporting containers to and from the quay cranes.
Gradually, the port has been switching over to diesel-electric straddle carriers to reduce the environmental impact of their operations at the terminal, which is also using terminal operating system (TOS) from Navis, part of Cargotec.