Portico reach new heights with arrival of Kalmar reach stackers

Portico, Portsmouth’s international cargo terminal based at Portsmouth International Port, have further demonstrated their commitment to improving terminal operations with the arrival of three new Kalmar DRG450-65S6X reach-stackers, which are capable to stacking loaded containers up to six high.

This is another example of Portico’s recent investment in plant and equipment, which will help to streamline operations within the terminal and improve reliability for customers. The new reach stackers are also fitted with the latest engine technology which will help Portico’s efforts to reduce emissions at the terminal in line with the government’s Clean Maritime Plan.

Steve Williams, Operations Director at Portico said: “We’re delighted to take delivery of these three new reach stackers, which will replace outdated equipment and increase the efficiency of operations in the container park. The transformation of Portico into a modern, flexible international cargo facility is well underway and I’m looking forward to delivering the rest of our exciting development plans over the next 18 months”

Kalmar’s relationship with Portico goes back over 10 years, so they were delighted to help them with this new project. Alex Beddow from Kalmar said:

“Safety, technology, emissions & economy were key points that Portico wanted to improve, with our R&D team we worked on a package that would meet all of their requirements. The latest EU4 Volvo engine with Ad‐blue not only increased economy but also brought down emissions to help the terminal achieve lowering their carbon footprint.

“Kalmar’s new Insight fleet monitoring system help monitor driving styles, shocks and pressure points that can slow down the operation, couple all this together and we were able help improve productivity and lower the total cost of ownership”.

Portico’s development plans include £50m of investment over 20 years to fully optimise the site. A £15m loan agreement with owners Portsmouth City Council will kick-start the development for the first 10 years, including significant restructuring of the site layout, the introduction of automation to manage hauliers effectively and improved quayside space for handling cargo. This will increase Portico’s capacity and allow for larger ships to use the existing quays.

Source: Portsmouth International Port website

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