Germany's Hamburg port installs first hybrid straddle carrier

HAMBURGER Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has put its first hybrid straddle carrier into operation

03 February 2019 - 19:00

HAMBURGER Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has put its first hybrid straddle carrier into operation. This means that two energy-saving straddle carriers with environmentally-friendly hybrid engines are now moving containers between the ships, yard, rail terminal and truck gate at HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT).

The hybrid technology enables the straddle carrier to store surplus energy, for example generated during braking or while the load is being lowered, in a high-performance lithium-ion battery.

As it drives, the vehicle uses this energy from the battery. This significantly eases the load on the combustion engine, according to the terminal operator.

The manufacturer Konecranes promises annual fuel savings of at least 15 per cent per hybrid straddle carrier compared with the diesel-electric model most recently supplied to the terminal.

The equipment supplier forecasts an annual reduction of 30 to 50 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per straddle carrier, as well as lower emissions of nitric oxide (NO2) and particulate matter.

CTT's managing director Dr Thomas Koch comments: 'This is further evidence that HHLA is a consistent supporter of cutting-edge technology and intelligent solutions. The company, the environment and the employees all benefit.'

Sustainability is a key component of HHLA's corporate strategy. The company has already succeeded in reducing CO2 emissions per container handled by 29 per cent by 2017, ahead of its 2020 target deadline.


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