Monster trucks… the new machinery shifting loads at Port of Grangemouth
Five straddle carriers arrive as Scotland's container port aims to increase capacity by 50%
Scotland’s container terminal has taken delivery of five new straddle carriers as part of a multi-million-pound investment in terminal equipment the Port of Grangemouth.
The Kalmar ESC 440 diesel-electric machinery, which carries containers from ships and lowers them into place in stacks or on the back of lorries, were built in Gdynia, Poland and shipped to Scotland on specialist cargo ship Taiga Desgagnes.
The equipment is the first phase of plans to increase capacity at the terminal by 50% by allowing containers to be stacked up to three high, rather than two at present. The 69-ton, 12m high diesel-electric straddles are fuel efficient, low noise and feature a diesel-electric drive which fully complies with the latest exhaust emission regulations.
The straddles will operate from March following once straddle drivers have been trained. More than £6billion worth of goods passes through Grangemouth each year.
Senior port manager Derek Knox said: “The arrival of our five new Kalmar/Cargotec straddle carriers is an important asset and will facilitate increased container volumes moving through the port in the coming months and years. This investment builds on a year of growth in container volumes in Grangemouth despite the current economic uncertainty.
"The additional capacity that will be created further secures our position as Scotland’s largest container terminal with a modern fleet of equipment and the supply of storage capacity to meet future demands.
"In Grangemouth we handle some of the country’s most valuable exports, such as fine foods and drinks, so flexibility and durability of our equipment is essential with further investment in our straddle carrier fleet planned over the next few years.”