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Kalmar bring sustainable straddle carriers to Melbourne’s ports

Kalmar's straddle carriers can lift up to 60 tonnes in capacity.

Global leader in sustainable cargo handling Kalmar will supply a total of ten new straddle carriers to Patrick Terminals in Melbourne.

Booked in the third quarter of 2023, Patrick Terminals’ large order is scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2024. Michael Jovicic, CEO of Patrick Terminals, said the company was “proud” to be the first container terminal operator in Australia to invest in Kalmar’s hybrid straddles, and “set new benchmarks for more environmentally friendly container handling”.

“As a leader in the industry, we understand the importance of reducing our carbon footprint and promoting environmentally responsible practices,” he said. “Together with our trusted partner, Kalmar, we have a shared dedication to building a more sustainable industry. By investing in these hybrid straddles, we are making a strong commitment towards our decarbonisation journey.”

The hybrid straddle carriers are capable of handling two containers at a time with the capacity to stack up to four containers high with a maximum load of 60 tonnes. Furthermore, its hybrid power unit allows it to cut down on fuel emissions by 40% through using a regenerative power system and an efficient diesel engine.

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Kalmar’s APAC Horizontal Transportation Sales Director Allan Baker also spoke of how “pleased” Kalmar was to “continue the excellent collaboration with Patrick Terminals”.

“We are delighted with the order of the first ten hybrid straddle carriers for Patrick Terminals, Melbourne,” he said. “The hybrid straddles, which can cut fuel consumption by up to 40% compared to equivalent diesel-powered machines, will play an important role in supporting Patrick Terminals with their decarbonisation strategy.”

Kalmar is a part of Finland-based global company Cargotec and provides sustainable machinery for ports, terminals, distribution centres and heavy industry.

Patrick Terminals is Australia’s leading container terminal operator, handling over three million TEUs annually. The company operates some of Australia’s most technologically advanced terminals at four strategically located ports in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Fremantle.

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