The busy container port of Forth Ports in Grangemouth welcomed its new low-emission Kalmar jumpers this week.
As part of a multi-million pound investment in outfitting the group’s main container terminals, the five riders were shipped from the Kalmar factory in Poland on board the specialist vessel MV Aura.
All five Kalmar ESC440 models feature the latest low-emission engine technology capable of adapting to a transition to non-fossil alternative fuels. The use of alternative fuel types will significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
They have a load capacity of 40 tonnes capable of handling the full range of container sizes and for the straddle carrier operator the cabin is fully air conditioned and for those colder days fitted with the latest heated seat at pneumatic suspension.
The new additions bring Grangemouth’s riding fleet to 16.
Stuart Wallace, Chief Operating Officer of Forth Ports, said: “Our container terminal at Grangemouth is a key shipping and distribution location and it is essential that we continue to invest in our equipment and infrastructure to ensure to continue to provide state-of-the-art services.
“We are always impressed with Kalmar’s rider riders and they are our riders of choice. We strive to ensure that our customers benefit from our investment and see better vessel turnover, efficient shore-side service as well as a on-site access to storage and major highways and rail links.
Upgrading our machinery and factories to low-carbon alternatives is at the heart of Forth Green Freeport’s decarbonisation plan.”