DP World invests in Southampton straddle carrier fleet
DP World Southampton has invested US $9.1-million in its fleet of straddle carriers with the delivery of 10 brand new Kalmar units as part of a long-term replacement and investment programme.
DP World bought six new three-high diesel electric machines with twin lift capability last year for its Southampton terminal and is in the process of ordering a further nine machines, bringing the total number of new machines to 25 in three years.
Chris Lewis, managing director, DP World Southampton, said the investment program was aimed at making the age of 30% its fleet less than five years old.
"We are committed to investing in our infrastructure and operational capabilities to ensure that Southampton can continue to meet the needs of our customers now and in the future,” he said.
Following the opening of DP World Southampton’s new deep-water berth last year, which included the commissioning of four brand new super post-panamax cranes, Lewis said DP World Southampton was well-positioned “to continue to build on our reputation as the most productive terminal in the UK.”
Straddle carriers are a simple and effective system for port operations of smaller container terminals because they have higher flexibility compared to RTGs or RMGs and higher productivity rates compared to terminal tractors because they can lift containers off the ground without the need of an STS operator.
They are also able to stack straight in the yard without the need to wait for another machine such as an RTG or RMG to become available. However, they have a lower throughput volume than RTGs and RMGs and so are more suited to smaller terminals such as DP World Southampton.