Electric trucks drive down cruise footprint

electric forklift trucks Solent Stevedores' electric counter balance forklift trucks feature batteries with a high storage capacity. Credit: Solent Stevedores/ ABP

Solent Stevedores has invested GB£1m into 33 electric counter balance forklift trucks from STILL Materials Handling to help reduce emissions at the Port of Southampton ahead of the 2019 cruise season.

The trucks feature batteries with a high storage capacity and provide enough energy for eight hours of operation. They are designed to improve operational efficiency and safety, plus reduce noise pollution.

“Our staff pride themselves on providing the highest level of customer service and by investing in the best equipment, we hope to further improve efficiency whilst the exciting growth of cruise at the Port of Southampton continues,” said Tom Dynes, operations director at Solent Stevedores, which currently provides services for over 80% of the cruise vessels calling at ABP-owned Southampton.

Mr Dynes added: "We also continue to work closely with ABP to further reduce the amount of emissions generated by our port operations and we are proud to have an entire fleet of 100% electric fork lift trucks operating across all four cruise terminals.”

Nick Smith, STILL UK managing director, commented: “We are immensely proud to be able to support Solent Stevedores in their commitment to driving down their environmental footprint.”

It’s estimated that this year Solent Stevedores will provide in-port services for around 370 cruise ships.

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