This brings GMP’s fleet of Kalmar equipment to over 50, of which 24 are hybrid straddle carriers. The order was booked in Cargotec's 2022 Q3 order intake, and the equipment is expected to be delivered by the end of Q3 2023. Additionally, Kalmar will provide the customer with a preventive maintenance contract.

GMP has been using Kalmar straddle carriers in the port of Le Havre since the early 1990s.

The most recent delivery of a dozen took place in 2020.

The straddle carriers use less fuel and emit less CO2 than traditional diesel-powered machines, and so their delivery will help contribute towards meeting GMP’s goal of reducing and mitigating the carbon footprint of its operations. Hybrid machines also generate much less noise than their diesel counterparts.

Louis Jonquière, CEO of GMP Le Havre, said: "Kalmar has been a trusted partner of ours for decades already, and their proven technology and commitment to developing eco-efficient solutions is a perfect fit to our sustainability targets. The hybrid straddle carrier solution will support our terminals in achieving their environmental goals, while also boosting the efficiency of container moves at the same time."

Mikko Mononen, VP sales, Kalmar, added: "We are delighted to further strengthen our already excellent relationship with GMP and continue our shared journey on the road towards a more sustainable future for cargo-handling operations.

“We are investing continuously in R&D efforts to develop more eco-efficient solutions and we are pleased to see that our customers share the same priorities. We are also very proud that with this order – we have sold over 500 Kalmar hybrid straddle carriers globally since their introduction to the market in 2013."

Kalmar claims that one in four container movements around the globe is handled by one of its solutions. The company is part of Cargotec, the sales of which totalled approximately €3.3bn in 2021.

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