Latest straddle carrier sales mark upturn, says Cargotec

By Euan Youdale18 April 2011

Hamburg terminal operator HHLA has placed an order for 14 Cargotec Kalmar 7+ generation ESC350W diesel-electric straddle carriers.

The machines, Cargotec's most environmentally friendly model, will be deployed at Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG's (HHLA) Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB), in Germany. They are set for delivery in September 2011.

The new straddle carriers feature selective catalytic reduction engine technology, designed to meet Stage 3B engine emissions requirements that came into force in the European Union earlier this year. The 3-high machines with twin-lift spreaders, capable of lifting up to 50 tonne loads, will also be supplied with a variable speed generator (VSG) and winch hoist system with full AC drives. This combination reflects HHLA's desire to reduce both harmful emissions and fuel consumption, said the manufacturer.

The 7+ generation straddle carriers, launched in June 2010, also feature a modular and compact power electrics design, improved access to the power pack to facilitate maintenance work and a fuel efficient visco fan as standard.

Cargotec will also supply HHLA with its Equipment Monitoring Service (EMS) and analysis tool for monitoring straddle carrier performance from the terminal control room, including fuel levels, fluid temperature, tyre pressures and forecast maintenance requirements.

"Everything that the operator can see on the monitor in the straddle carrier cab, staff in the control will also be able to monitor remotely through wireless LAN. This data will be extremely useful, allowing HHLA to analyse and monitor operational trends within the straddle carrier fleet," said Ismo Matinlauri, Cargotec senior vice president, port cranes.

Cargotec has delivered more than 100 straddle carriers to HHLA. "The latest contract also underlines the fact that demand for Kalmar machines in developed economies is picking up once again in 2011, as terminals restart investment plans put on hold before the recession," added a company spokesman.

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