The prototype reach stacker is expected to deliver significant results in terms of environmentally friendly operation. The machine is based on the adaptation of a Kalmar reach stacker to a motorization for reducing the environmental impact and the energy consumption.
Stefan Johansson, Director, Business Development & Product Marketing, Kalmar, said: “Kalmar is driving innovation in reach stackers ever since the 1980s, when we commercialized the first generation of reach stackers. Last year we introduced Gloria, our fifth generation reach stacker, which represents a milestone in productivity and performance. This dual-fuel machine is expected to offer our customers an alternative for moving cargo in a more energy-efficient way as well as cutting down emissions at the terminal.”
“LNG as fuel is a future trend within the vehicle and shipping industries to reduce the exhaust emissions. When more and more ports will have liquefied natural gas available, there will be possibilities to run also other terminal products on this alternative. The demonstration unit shows up to 20 percent lower fuel cost per hour,” commented Johansson.
The pilot is part of the Greencranes project aimed at developing green technologies and eco-efficient alternatives for port container terminals. Other participants in the pilot were the PerCro laboratory of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant’Anna (SSSUO), Livorno Port Authority, RINA and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Source: Cargotec Corporation.