DP World puts new straddle carriers to work


DP World says 16 new straddle carriers will boost its terminal handling capacity at the Port of Melbourne

DP World puts new straddle carriers to work
DP World puts new straddle carriers to work

May 4, 2012

DP World says 16 new straddle carriers will boost its terminal handling capacity at the Port of Melbourne.

The stevedore, which operates more than 60 terminals across six continents, says the first eight of the energy-efficient diesel electric Straddle Carriers from Noell's started operations on Thursday (3 May).

A second batch of eight straddle carriers is due for delivery later this year, bringing DP World's Melbourne fleet to 22.

Following an extensive evaluation process, DP World Australia says it selected Noell’s straddle carriers for their high-performing, smart power and energy-efficient features.

DP World analysis of fuel consumption data from six of the diesel-electric straddles indicates an 11 percent saving per operating hour compared with the diesel-hydraulic straddle fleet.

This
equates to an energy saving of 2,761 GJ and an emissions reduction of 193 tonnes CO2-e per annum across the six diesel-electric straddles.

The results arise from
the use of smart power management features which keep the engine running on the lowest revs, reducing fuel consumption and the noise generated during various phases.

"The new equipment with its greater capacity to handle containers will help reduce DP World’s environmental footprint as well as improve efficiency and productivity at Australia’s largest container port," says the company's Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand Ganesh Raj.


"DP World Australia is committed to providing the necessary infrastructure to increase capacity and efficiency at West Swanson Dock, where DP World Melbourne is located, to cater for medium to long term customer demand," Raj says.

"We continue to invest in new terminal infrastructure and the latest technology across its network of five Australian terminals in order to constantly facilitate container growth and provide our customers with efficient services."

Container handling generates around 80percent
of DP World’s revenue.

In 2011, DP World handled nearly 55 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) across its portfolio from the Americas to Asia.

Capacity is expected to rise to around 103 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.

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