Port of Virginia to operate Kalmar’s hybrid shuttle carriers

25 August 2015 (Last Updated August 25th, 2015 18:30)

The Port of Virginia has started operating three Kalmar's hybrid shuttle carriers in Virginia International Gateway terminal (VIG) in Portsmouth, USA.

The Port of Virginia has started operating three Kalmar’s hybrid shuttle carriers in Virginia International Gateway terminal (VIG) in Portsmouth, US.

The Kalmar’s cargo handling equipment offers VIG with reduced diesel fuel consumption and emissions, as well as engine noise levels.

Port of Virginia spokesman Joe Harris said: "Green technology, efficiency and accuracy of operations, and employee safety are important factors for us at VIG.

"We are pleased with the cooperation with Kalmar and thrilled to see the first real hybrid shuttle carriers in the US now in action in our fleet"

"We are pleased with the cooperation with Kalmar and thrilled to see the first real hybrid shuttle carriers in the US now in action in our fleet.

As we go further, we are sure these additions to our fleet will no doubt help us in achieving our operational and environmental targets."

Kalmar’s hybrid shuttle carriers offer better stability, safety, and manoeuvrability, the company stated.

The equipment features active stability control, while the redesigned drive and steering allows it to move diagonally in crab mode and around its vertical axis.

Kalmar Horizontal Transportation vice-president Dr Tero Kokko said: "The developments we have made in shuttle carrier technology bring many benefits to container handling business at modern terminals.

"We are investing in R&D and are committed to providing state-of-the-art solutions to port terminals in the future, too."

Recently, Kalmar secured a port equipment order from Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura (SPRBun) to enhance operations in Terminal Especializado de Contenedores de Buenaventura (TECSA) in Buenaventura, Colombia.

Valued at €25m, the contract will see Cargotec delivering 14 Kalmar E-One2 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) and six Kalmar forklift trucks.