In conjunction with COP26 in Glasgow, Hutchison Ports Felixstowe Port It announced a major investment in new equipment to help decarbonize its operations. The UK’s largest container port has placed orders for 48 battery-powered terminal tractors and 17 remote-controlled zero-emissions electric rubber gantry cranes (ReARTGs).
The new two-wheeled tractor units, to be supplied by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co Ltd (ZPMC), will be the first electric tractors at the UK’s largest container port. ZPMC is working with partner Shacman to develop battery-powered tractor units.
Equipped with the latest semi-automation technology, ReARTGs will be supplied by Konecranes Finland.
Commenting on the investment, Chris Lewis, CEO of Felixstowe Port, said: “This order represents the latest part of our plan to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. In total, replacing 48 diesel tractor units and 17 conventional RTG units with new electrical equipment will save 6,662 tons of CO2 and 59.38 tons of NOx emissions each year.
“We have reduced our carbon footprint by 30% since 2015. This has been achieved through a range of actions including the first phase of our program to phase out diesel powered cranes. These recent acquisitions will help drive further significant reductions in the future and help us On reaching our goal of an additional 20% reduction over the next five years.”
Clemence Cheng, Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Europe and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee for Hutchison Ports Group commented: “Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and Hutchison Ports is committed to doing its part by reducing the environmental impact of port operations. Fostering a culture of technological innovation and fuel adoption. The alternative is a key component of our strategy. This investment takes us another step closer to our goal.”
To support the use of the new equipment, the port will upgrade the high voltage (HV) electric power distribution network and install new electrical infrastructure to support ReARTGs and ten battery-powered terminal tractor charging stations.
The outlet is considering ways to build on the steps it has already taken to eventually reach net zero. It is working with partners, including Ryse Hydrogen, to explore the use of hydrogen-powered port equipment and with Cranfield University, Sizewell C and EDF, Port of Felixstowe is participating in a project selected to receive support from the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.
The project includes a feasibility study on the potential of Freeport East, which includes the ports of Felixstowe and Harwich International, to become a net zero port and zero net energy hub for third parties and the adjacent area.
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