Kalmar, a Cargotec subsidiary, has demonstrated a new dual-fuel diesel and liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered reachstacker at the Port of Livorno, in Italy.
The prototype machine was created under the joint partnership between Kalmar and Global Service, the leader of the pilot and an important player in equipment rental in Italy.
The prototype reachstacker is expected to deliver significant results in terms of environmentally friendly operation. The machine is based on the adaptation of a Kalmar reachstacker to a motorisation for reducing the environmental impact and the energy consumption.
Stefan Johansson, Director, Business Development & Product Marketing, Kalmar, commented: "Kalmar is driving innovation in reachstackers ever since the 1980s, when we commercialised the first generation of reachstackers. Last year we introduced Gloria, our fifth generation reachstacker, which represents a milestone in reachstacker 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 reduces carbon footprint
"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 LNG available, there will be possibilities to run also other terminal products on LNG. LNG will reduce the carbon footprint and there are also expectations on lower operation cost per hour. The demonstration unit shows up to 20% lower fuel cost per hour," added Johansson.
The pilot is part of the GREENCRANES project aimed at developing green technologies and eco-efficient alternatives for port container terminals.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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