Kalmar prototype dual fuel reachstacker

20 Jan 2014
Kalmar's prototype of a new dual fuel diesel and LNG powered reachstacker was demoed at the Port of Livorno

Kalmar's prototype of a new dual fuel diesel and LNG powered reachstacker was demoed at the Port of Livorno

Kalmar has demonstrated a visionary prototype of a new dual fuel diesel and LNG powered reachstacker at the Port of Livorno in Italy.

The demo was intended to illustrate how the prototype is expected to deliver significant results in terms of environmentally friendly operation – including reduced emissions and fuel costs.

Stefan Johansson, director, business development & product marketing, Kalmar, said: "LNG as fuel is a future trend within the vehicle and shipping industries to reduce the exhaust emissions. When more and more ports will have LNG available, there will be possibilities to run also other terminal products on LNG.”

He pointed out that the prototype will reduce carbon footprint and it also has a lower operation cost per hour. “The demonstration unit shows up to 20% lower fuel cost per hour,” Mr Johansson added.

The pilot is part of the Green Technologies and Eco-Efficient Alternatives for Cranes and Operations at Port Container Terminals (GREENCRANES) project, aimed at developing green technologies and eco-efficient alternatives for port container terminals.

Other participants in the pilot were the PerCro laboratory of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna (SSSUO), Livorno Port Authority, RINA and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

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