The Port of Virginia has purchased 16 hybrid shuttle carriers for approx. EUR 13 mln from the Helsinki-based Kalmar with an option for another 40.
The machinery will be deployed across the Virginia International Gateway (VIG) container terminal, next to Kalmar's equipment already used there. The port has decided to invest in hybrid over conventional diesel-electric machines, as the former consume approx. 40% less fuel, hence emit around 50 tn CO2 less per single carrier annually.
"Kalmar's proven track record of on-time turnkey delivery and excellent local support and servicing, together with the outstanding performance of our existing Kalmar machines, were significant factors in our decision to place the order. Our hybrid shuttle carriers have already helped us achieve significant cost savings and emission reductions without compromising productivity," Rich Ceci, Senior Vice President, Technology and Projects for the Port of Virginia, said.
Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President, Automation and Projects, Kalmar, added, "We are very proud to be able to continue to help VIG increase their container-handling capacity while furthering their commitment to environmental values. This new order is a natural continuation of our strong relationship and demonstrates the value that customers place on reliable equipment backed up by world-class local support."