APM Terminals and #DPWorld have announced an initiative to accelerate decarbonisation of the world’s #terminals through the widespread electrification of container handling equipment (CHE).

The effort is based on research that shows with the correct steps from industry stakeholders, the tipping point for battery-electric CHE may be reached within the next two to eight years.

The study findings and path for CHE electrification are the topic of an industry White Paper, which is being supported by Eurogate, the Port of Kalundborg, and the Smart Freight Centre.

CHE is a major facilitator of port operations, utilised to transport containers onto and off ships in the world’s 940 container ports. In 2020, the CHE worldwide fleet reportedly transported 815 million TEU for a total worth of $8.1 trillion.


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The worldwide CHE fleet, estimated at 100,000-120,000 units, emits 10-15 million tonnes of CO2 each year. According to APM Terminals, most of the barriers to the adoption of battery-electric CHE can be solved.

If industry stakeholders act now, an inflection moment for battery-electric CHE to replace diesel CHE as the more inexpensive, appealing, and accessible choice might occur within the next two to eight years.

The White Paper reportedly discusses critical levers and associated actions that may be performed by value chain actors such as terminal operators, OEMs, port authorities, linked government organisations, and shipping line operators.


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Sahar Rashidbeigi, Global Head of Decarbonisation at #APMTerminals, said: “Essentially, what we want is to provide a healthier, cleaner, and more efficient workplace for the thousands working at the terminals and living in the communities around them.

While electrification of of the container handling equipment is one piece of the puzzle, we believe it is one piece that can be addressed relatively easier and faster than others if we work together and avoid unnecessary complexity.”

This month, APM Terminals Suape received permission by Brazil’s National Waterway Transport Agency to alter its cargo portfolio, allowing the terminal to handle containerised cargo and enlarge the terminal’s operational space.

Source: Port Technology


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