Lineas Intermodal orders two Kalmar hybrid straddle carriers for Antwerp
KALMAR, part of Cargotec, has won a contract to supply European rail operator Lineas Intermodal with two hybrid straddle carriers that are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2020
KALMAR, part of Cargotec, has won a contract to supply European rail operator Lineas Intermodal with two hybrid straddle carriers that are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2020. These machines have a four-high stacking capacity and a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes.
As a leading private rail freight operator in Europe, Lineas operates the intermodal rail connected terminal 'Main Hub' in Antwerp-North. The company's Green Xpress network concept offers customers a door-to-door solution with daily, fast and reliable rail connections between Europe's economic hubs.
The two new hybrid straddle carriers will help Lineas Intermodal significantly lower both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions when compared to using traditional diesel-powered machines. Hybrid machines also generate much less noise than their diesel counterparts.
This type of straddle carrier also features a maintenance-free regenerative energy system that converts braking and spreader lowering energy into electrical power and stores it in an on-board lithium-ion battery system.
Lineas Intermodal's equipment fleet already includes four Kalmar straddle carriers.
Lineas Intermodal's supply chain management head Joris Gielen said: 'We have been extremely satisfied with the Kalmar straddle carriers in our fleet and the local service support, and are looking forward to taking advantage of the fuel and cost efficiencies the new machines will bring.'
Kalmar's director of global customers Damien Cols added: 'Eco-efficient hybrid machines offer a fast-track to a more sustainable future for cargo handling operations and are becoming an increasingly popular choice for terminals of all kinds. We're proud to be able to help the Antwerp hub claim the title of Europe's first intermodal terminal to adopt hybrid technology.'