NTB container terminal in Bremerhaven focuses on hybrid straddle carriers

2022/06/01 at 1:11 PM

North Sea Terminal Bremerhaven, the largest container facility in the Port of Bremerhaven, is getting further in implementing environmentally-friendly solutions. Therefore, the terminal operating company has purchased 27 hybrid straddle carriers from Kalmar, which are more efficient and sustainable in comparison to conventional vehicles.

Having a fleet of over 100 straddle carriers, NTB North Sea Terminal Bremerhaven GmbH & Co., which runs the eponymous container terminal in the Port of Bremerhaven, has decided to shift from conventional to hybrid vehicles. In 2023 the German terminal will receive 27 hybrid straddle carriers from Kalmar, a part of Cargotec, the Finland-based manufacturing group of lifting equipment.

Kalmar Straddle Carrier at North Sea Terminal Bremerhaven, source: Cargotec

“This investment in hybrid technology will help us pave the way for a more eco-efficient future at our terminal. We are confident that the high performance of the new Kalmar Straddle Carriers will ensure our ability to continue providing excellent customer service also in the future,” said Sören Krüger, general manager for finance and administration at NTB.

Kalmar Hybrid Straddle Carriers

Each Kalmar Hybrid Straddle Carrier is able to reduce emissions by up to 40 per cent by using a regenerative power system coupled with a highly efficient diesel engine that uses less fuel. The vehicles also work very quietly. Furthermore, the hybrid straddle carriers are equipped with the Kalmar AutoStrad solution, which is dedicated to automating container handling operations at the terminals. This results in reducing light pollution as the vehicles can safely move containers in the dark.

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