Kalmar FastCharge shuttle carrier installed at DP World London Gateway

June 11, 2018 by David Tran
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Kalmar FastCharge shuttle carrier installed at DP World London Gateway

Kalmar FastCharge™ shuttle carrier at DP World London Gateway

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and DP World London Gateway are celebrating the successful introduction into service of an electrically powered Kalmar FastCharge shuttle carrier, as part of a joint pilot project that will run for approximately six to 12 months.

Kalmar has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with DP World, a leading global operator of marine and inland terminals. A semi-automated facility, DP World London Gateway is one of the most advanced deep-sea terminals in the world and is strategically located close to the United Kingdom's biggest consumption centre. The terminal is committed to minimising its environmental impact through its sustainability programme and Planet Mark certification, and views electrically powered equipment as a key part in the drive to improve eco-efficiency by reducing emissions and noise.

The Kalmar solutions at the heart of London Gateway's operations include automated stacking cranes (ASCs), an automated truck handling system as well as shuttle carriers and reachstackers. All the equipment operating at the terminal have been integrated with the Navis N4 terminal operating system, which also manages the transfer of containers to and from the adjacent logistics park and runs automated processes at its gate, the container yard and the rail terminal.



Ahsan Agha, Head of Engineering, DP World London Gateway: "Operating sustainably and minimising its impact on the environment is extremely important to DP World globally and to us here at London Gateway. This is why electrification, as a concept, and the Kalmar FastCharge shuttle solution in particular, makes sense for us. We're excited to partner with Kalmar on this innovative project. It has the potential to significantly reduce the port's carbon footprint, which we're already working hard to achieve through our sustainability program. The Planet Mark accreditation is another reflection of our commitment to reduce emissions and improve the environment while we continue to offer the very best service to our customers.

Mikko Mononen, Vice President, Intelligent Horizontal Transportation, Kalmar: "We are delighted to be able to further strengthen our valuable partnership with DP World London Gateway with the successful launch of this pilot project. The FastCharge shuttle solution demonstrates that it is possible to improve the eco-efficiency of terminal operations without compromising on performance, and it reflects our shared commitment to realising a sustainable future for the terminal industry."

The project involved the conversion of one of the terminal's existing Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers into an electrically powered FastCharge shuttle carrier. The modification work itself was completed in just a few weeks. Kalmar FastCharge is based on the same opportunity-charging technology used in electric buses, with charging taking place during the idle time in the shuttle carrier's working cycle. Onboard charging is supplemented by regenerative systems that store energy generated by braking and spreader-lowering operations.

The charging system consists of a charging station connected to the local power grid, a charging pole and a charging contact. The shuttle carrier's lithium-ion batteries are charged via the charging contact located on the machine pillar. The DC fast-charging sequence is fully automated and typically lasts 30-180 seconds; the driver simply engages the parking brake to begin the sequence. The charging system at DP World London Gateway is located next to the natural working route of the shuttle, in a maintenance aisle between two ASC blocks.


Eco Reachstacker with a Fuel Saving Guarantee to customers

Kalmar has also introduced an eco-efficient reachstacker with a Fuel Saving Guarantee to customers. Kalmar Eco Reachstacker is the very first solution in Kalmar's new eco-efficient portfolio - The Kalmar Eco Range. The solution was introduced to the customers today at TOC Europe that is taking place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on 12-14 June 2018.

"I am very proud to introduce a new, eco-efficient solution from Kalmar, which guarantees to substantially cut the fuel consumption and costs, while lowering carbon emissions and helping customers meet current and future emissions standards. A couple of weeks ago, we made a very bold announcement that our full offering will be available as electrically powered versions by 2021. As we work towards reaching that goal, the Kalmar Eco Reachstacker is a prime example of our commitment to develop industry shaping solutions to minimise the environmental impact of cargo handling," says Dan Pettersson, Senior Vice President, Mobile Equipment at Kalmar.

There are two options available of the Kalmar Eco Reachstacker. The customer can either buy the machine with the Kalmar Fuel Saving Solution, which guarantees a reduction of fuel consumption, or lease it with the Kalmar Operational Solution, which guarantees availability and performance for a fixed period with a monthly fee.

In the first option, the customer buys the Kalmar Eco Reachstacker with guaranteed reduction of fuel consumption, including the operator training and a three year license of Kalmar SmartFleet remote monitoring solution that tracks and monitors the fleet in real-time. The solution guarantees the fuel consumption for each individual application and customer. Furthermore, it guarantees to cut emissions, meet current and future emission standards, provide a better driving experience as well as enhance the customer's reputation through their contribution in improving the eco-efficiency of their operations. The fuel saving guarantee will be based on three different inputs from the customer and it will be reviewed after 12 months of use. If the agreed reduction is not met, Kalmar will pay back the difference in fuel.

The second option provides operational lease guaranteeing full availability and performance of the Kalmar Eco Reachstacker for a fixed period with a monthly fee. With the Kalmar Operational Solution, the customers can focus on their core business and Kalmar will take care of the rest. The complete solution will include the Kalmar Eco Reachstacker, the Fuel Saving Guarantee including the fuel it uses, preventive and corrective maintenance of the machine, tires, Kalmar SmartFleet remote monitoring system, operator training and financing for the solution.

"Kalmar Eco Reachstacker represents a completely new way of doing business with us. We are ready to offer availability and performance guarantees for our customers and at the same time, help improve the eco-efficiency of the customer's operations. We are ready to offer guaranteed fuel savings, provided that the customer participates in the operator training as well as uses Kalmar SmartFleet remote monitoring system to optimise the performance of the equipment. Furthermore, we are ready to take the full responsibility and offer agreed availability of the solution for a fixed period with a fixed price," says Svante Alverönn, Vice President, Solution Sales, Mobile Equipment at Kalmar.

The new Kalmar Eco Reachstacker solution is on display at the Stand E20 in the Ahoy Rotterdam during TOC Europe.

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