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Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers set a new industry benchmark in fuel consumption and emissions at The Port of Virginia


Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and The Port of Virginia have released actual fuel efficiency information on the Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers in operation at Virginia International Gateway (VIG), one of the port's two primary container terminals.

According to the machine monitoring data, the average fuel consumption in operation has been as much as 40% less than a typical fuel consumption level of a traditional diesel driveline shuttle carrier.

"Based on the machine data, the average fuel consumption in operation has been ca.10 litres per operating hour, as the diesel engine only runs about two thirds of the time. In average the machines achieved productivity of 10,5 moves per operating hour," says Joe Harris, port spokesman. "We are extremely satisfied with the results. Thanks to high fuel efficiency, operating costs are on a lower level. We also estimate that one machine produces about 50 tons less carbon dioxide emissions in a year compared to a traditional machine. In the long run, this means significant cost savings and reduced emission levels for our terminal without compromising productivity," he adds.

"The three hybrid shuttle carriers in VIG have been fully operational since October 2015 and we have been collecting and analysing operational data since then," says Dr. Tero Kokko, Vice President, Horizontal Transportation at Kalmar. "The data from VIG demonstrates that the hybrid shuttle carriers are delivering on the promise and outperforming any competition. They are the first real hybrid shuttle carriers deployed in the USA. We are very proud to be able to help our customer to reach their targets."

Virginia International Gateway is a privately-owned marine container terminal located along the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth, Virginia. The terminal is under lease to the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) and is operated by Virginia International Terminals LLC, the VPA's privately-held terminal operating company.

Further information for the press:

Tero Kokko, Vice President Horizontal Transportation, Kalmar, tel. +358405427427,

Maija Eklöf, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Kalmar, tel. +358 20 777 4096, 

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2015 totalled approximately EUR 3.7 billion and it employs almost 11,000 people.