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Kalmar and Virginia International Gateway deploy three hybrid shuttle carriers

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, recently delivered three hybrid shuttle carriers ordered by The Port of Virginia in late 2014 to Virginia International Gateway terminal (VIG) in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA.

Shuttle carriers are horizontal transportation system for shipping containers for terminals designed around automated stacking cranes (ASCs) or rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs). A shuttle carrier system speeds up operations because container handover doesn’t require a crane and a carrier to be present at the same time. Cranes can set containers on the ground ready for collection from buffer areas rather than spend valuable time positioning them on trailers.

Cargo volumes at VIG are growing and the terminal’s operations team seeks to increase container handling capacity while furthering its commitment to environmental values. The hybrid technology developed by Kalmar for cargo handling equipment significantly reduces diesel fuel consumption and emissions, as well as engine noise levels.

Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers feature industry-leading stability, safety, and maneuverability features such as active stability control as a standard and the redesigned drive and steering which allows the machine to move diagonally in crab mode and around its vertical axis, enhancing the performance of the operations.

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.

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