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Kalmar to supply first straddle carrier in Japan

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed an agreement with Tokuyama Kairiku Unso K.K. to supply a hybrid straddle carrier for the company’s operations at the Port of Tokuyama. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2020 Q1 order intake, with delivery scheduled to take place during Q1 of 2021.

The Port of Tokuyama is located in Yamaguchi Prefecture in the south west of Honshu, Japan’s main island, and handles 137,000 TEU annually. Tokuyama Kairiku Unso K.K. is the biggest terminal operator at the port. This will be the first straddle carrier ever delivered to the country.

Kalmar says that its hybrid straddle carrier reduces both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions when compared to using traditional diesel-powered machines, and also generates much less noise than its diesel counterpart.

Takashi Yamada, President of Tokuyama Kairiku Unso K.K, commented, “We chose to partner with Kalmar because of their strong reputation as a leading brand in the terminal equipment field and the excellent service we have had from the Kalmar team.”

Ismo Matinlauri, Vice President, Solution Sales, APAC, Kalmar, said, “Eco-efficient hybrid straddle carriers offer a fast-track to a more sustainable future for cargo handling operations. They are becoming an increasingly popular choice for terminals of all kinds, with almost 300 hybrid versions ordered and delivered to date.”

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