DP World Melbourne has introduced the first eight of 16 new energy-efficient straddle carriers, the Dubai-based port handlers announced.
The new equipment with its greater capacity to handle containers will also help reduce DP World’s environmental footprint as well as improve efficiency and productivity at Australia’s largest container port.
A second batch of eight straddle carriers is due to be delivered later this year, increasing DP World Melbourne’s fleet to 22 straddle carriers.
Ganesh Raj, senior vice president and managing director, DP World, Australia and New Zealand Region, said: “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.
“The newly commissioned carriers add to the fleet of six carriers we installed last year and I am pleased to launch the additional eight of 16 new diesel electric straddles for 2012.
“DP World continues 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.”
Source: Arabian Supply Chain