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Port of Virginia pays US$25 million for 25 new Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers


Cargotec subsidiary Kalmar is to supply 25 Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers to the Port of Virginia valued at US$25 million, reported Shipping Gazette.
The order was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q3 order intake, and delivery of the new machines is scheduled to be completed by the end of July 2020.
The new units will be delivered to Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), which is the port's largest terminal and capable of handling the biggest vessels in the Atlantic trade.
The next-generation Kalmar hybrid shuttle carrier features a robust new mobile drive, a completely redesigned electrical system for the upper frame and spreader, a more spacious electric cabinet layout, and LED working lights as standard.
The Port of Virginia has been using Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers since August 2015 and Kalmar has been providing the port with support and servicing through a dedicated, local team of technicians.
The new shuttle carriers will play a key role in the ongoing conversion of NIT to a terminal that uses automated stacking cranes versus one that employs straddle-carriers. The conversion allows for higher container-stack density required for handling larger vessels.
Said Virginia Port Authority CEO John Reinhar: "Because they are hybrids, they help us cut fuel consumption, reduce emissions and improve the overall sustainability of our operations."
Said Kalmar Americas vice president Troy Thompson: "The dedication and commitment of our local Virginia-based service team was crucial in securing this repeat order. They have continued to exceed the customer's expectations with on-the-job training and continued support to keep the fleet running at 90 per cent or greater uptime."

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