Kalmar a subsidiary of the Finnish cargo-handling machinery manufacturer Cargotec, recently celebrated the successful introduction of an electrically powered Kalmar FastCharge shuttle carrier service at the DP World London Gateway. This new service is part of a joint project that will initially run six to twelve months.
At the heart of DP World London Gateways operations are several Kalmar solutions such as shuttle carriers, reach stackers, automated stacking cranes (ACS) and an automated truck handling system.
All of the Kalmar equipment in use at the terminal have been integrated with the Navis N4 terminal operating system, the system also manages container transfer to and from the adjacent logistics park and carries out fully automated processes at its gate, rail terminal and container yard.
Kalmar Vice President for Intelligent Horizontal Transportation, Mikko Mononen said, “We are delighted to be able to further strengthen our valuable partnership with DP World London Gateway with the successful launch of this pilot project. The FastCharge shuttle solution demonstrates that it is possible to improve the eco-efficiency of terminal operations without compromising on performance, and it reflects our shared commitment to realising a sustainable future for the terminal industry.”
DP World London Gateway Head of Engineering, Ahsan Agha said, “Operating sustainably and minimizing its impact on the environment is extremely important to DP World globally and to us here at London Gateway. This is why electrification, as a concept, and the Kalmar FastCharge shuttle solution, in particular, makes sense for us. We’re excited to partner with Kalmar on this innovative project. It has the potential to significantly reduce the port’s carbon footprint, which we’re already working hard to achieve through our sustainability program. The Planet Mark accreditation is another reflection of our commitment to reduce emissions and improve the environment while we continue to offer the very best service to our customers.”
A modification project that was completed in a just a few weeks included the conversion of one of the terminal’s current Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers into an electrically powered FastCharge shuttle carrier.