06 November 2018
Last weekend, another 15 new hybrid straddle carriers were delivered at the Antwerp Gateway terminal, operated by DP World Antwerp at the Deurganckdok. Next year, 19 new ones are coming. DP World Antwerp is preparing for this on Ocean Alliance DAY 3.
The 15 new hybrid straddle carriers (HSC) from Kalmar have some improvements compared to the last delivery last autumn, such as a higher height - which means the cabs hang lower and the drivers have an unobstructed view -, spreaders that are less susceptible to interference and the latest electronic drives for better control of the driving motors.
Ready for DAY 3
Next year another 19 new straddle carriers will be added to replace / expand the park. Steve Declercq, Commercial Director at DP World Antwerp, says: "With these new straddle carriers, we are ready for Ocean Alliance DAY 3, and more. The details are currently being discussed internally, but the partners would significantly increase their volume in Antwerp. "DP World Antwerp also has the ambition to invest another 200 million euros in its terminal expansion in the coming years."
Economical and efficient
The hybrid straddle carriers from supplier Kalmar consume 40% less fuel and emit a lot less CO2 than conventional machines. The lower fuel consumption is possible because the energy that is released when braking or lowering containers is stored in special batteries on board. Innovative technology ensures an optimal balance between the diesel engine and the battery power. In addition, the state-of-the-art straddle carriers are very stable, safe and easily manoeuvrable, making the operations smoother. The strads thus help realize the environmental objectives of DP World. Innovative technologies such as a biogas plant, wind energy, automatic stacking cranes and hybrid straddle carriers ensure that DP World Antwerp remains one of the greenest terminals in the port.