DP World has deployed eight new diesel-electric straddle carriers at Swanson Dock of Melbourne port in Australia in a bid to boost its container handling capacity.
The company had deployed six new straddle carriers last year and plans to add a further eight straddle carriers later in 2012, increasing the total number of straddle carriers at the port to 22.
DP World Australia and New Zealand Region senior vice president and managing director Ganesh Raj said the new straddle carriers will increase capacity and efficiency at West Swanson Dock, where DP World Melbourne is located, to cater for medium to long term customer demand.
"DP World, Australia continues to invest in new terminal infrastructure and the latest technology across its network of five Australian terminals in order to constantly facilitate container growth and provide our customers with efficient services," Raj said.
DP World Australia selected Noell to deliver its brand of smart power and energy efficient diesel electric straddle carriers.
DP World Melbourne general manager Andrew Jena said the equipment will deliver the twin benefits of improved productivity and energy efficiency.
"Our analysis of fuel consumption data from six of these diesel-electric straddles indicated an 11% saving per operating hour compared with the diesel-hydraulic straddle fleet," Jena said. "We believe our high-performing, smart power operations will contribute positively to the environment at the Port of Melbourne, one of Australia’s busiest commercial hubs."
Image: Noell was selected to deliver its smart power, energy efficient diesel electric traddle carriers. Photo: DP World