Hybrid carriers for DP World terminal

Industry Database

DP World has ordered 12 Kalmar hybrid straddle carriers for its terminal in Southampton, UK, as part of what the organisation said is its role in increasing the sustainability of supply chains.

The units will be operating at DP World Southampton by spring next year, and the operator anticipates the carriers will lower its emissions and use 20% less fuel in comparison with the conventional diesel-electric machines.

The investment adds to the 12 hybrid vehicles at DP World London Gateway, where DP World is currently piloting the port sector’s first fast-charging shuttle carrier solution.

The parent company also said that it will invest in “the latest green technology” at its ports in the UK to make its carbon footprint smaller and cut emissions.

The Southampton order comprises nine four-high and three three-high carriers, which use regenerating technology to charge modern lithium-ion batteries.

“With this significant investment package on these new hybrid straddles, we have achieved a significant milestone in investing in our environment and our future,” said Nick Loader, DP World’s UK chief operating officer.

“We believe that working in a sustainable and responsible way is essential to building a strong business for our customers, our people and the community in which we operate.”

DP World said that by constantly renewing and upgrading its fleet, DP World Southampton will have decreased its nitrogen oxides emissions by over half by 2020.

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