New Straddle Carriers Boost Gothenburg Capacity

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Gothenburg, December 18, 2014 (STAT):-The recent addition of 12 new four-container high reach straddle carriers will increase storage capacity at Scandinavia’s largest container terminal by 40% and will increase productivity with the ability to lift two 20’ containers simultaneously. With the final two of the container handling machines delivered this week, older units among the 38 working straddle carriers will be phased out.

The older straddle carriers were able to lift containers onto stacks two containers high, while the new units, at 16 meters (52.5 feet) in height, are able to stack containers three high.  The new straddle carriers are diesel-electric hybrids, with a powerful diesel engine enabling the electric motors to power front operation and lift. With this type of system, diesel fuel consumption, along with particulate and CO2 emissions, are significantly reduced as an automated system also calculates optimal speeds.

“We are lowering our carbon emissions by more than 30% compared with our older vehicles”, said APM Terminals Gothenburg Technical Manager Martin Koch, adding “we are also able to reduce particulate emissions and CO2 emissions by over 90%”.

From a Safety performance perspective, the 12 new straddle carriers provide better visibility, are easier to manuever, are equipped with 4-point safety belts within the cab, and utilize an advanced stability monitoring system.

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