Kalmar to provide 16 hybrid shuttle carriers to US port

Virginia International Gateway container terminal Three Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers have been in operation at VIG since August 2015

Kalmar, part of Finland-headquartered Cargotec, has finalised a deal with The Port of Virginia for sixteen hybrid shuttle carriers designed to reduce fuel consumption, emissions and engine noise.

The new units, with a value of approximately E13m, will be delivered to the Virginia International Gateway (VIG) container terminal. The deal includes an option for a further 40 units.

Tero Kokko, senior vice president, automation and projects at Kalmar, said: "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."

Kalmar says its hybrid shuttle carriers consume almost 40% less fuel than comparable diesel-electric machines and cut carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 50 tons per year per machine.

Testing was undertaken by VIG and Kalmar on the three Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers in operation at VIG since August 2015.

Rich Ceci, senior vice president, technology and projects for the Port Of Virginia, said: "Our hybrid shuttle carriers have already helped us achieve significant cost savings and emission reductions without compromising productivity."

Kalmar will continue to provide VIG with support and servicing through a local team of technicians.

VIG is operated by Virginia International Terminals and under lease to Virginia Port Authority (VPA).

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