Vessels have been trialing it from the Humber ports, now operator ABP has invested £1.6 million in four new container handlers powered by hydrogenated vegetable oil.
The green diesel equivalent will cut emissions from the Konecranes Reach Stackers by 90 per cent, with Immingham welcoming the fleet.
A further 14 electric forklifts are anticipated later in the year, with more electric cranes also being considered as part of long-term investment at the port - where plans to lead on the transition to net zero are being pioneered.
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Simon Bird, ports director on the Humber, said: “These new reach stackers are part of an ongoing effort by ABP to invest in our infrastructure to enhance the service we offer to our customers. They will improve efficiency and help us improve our carbon footprint. It is part of a wider investment into more efficient plant and equipment over the next five years.
“We are investing in equipment of the highest quality that will help us maintain our productivity. Being eco-friendly helps align with our long-term commitment to the environment and sustainability.”
The replacement equipment will be more efficient at travelling over longer distances, according to ABP, while it is also seen as more ergonomic, responsive, and easier to drive.
Further landside, and electric vehicle charging points are also being rolled out across the estates, with Hull’s Port House the first to be completed. Eight vehicle charging points have been installed in the staff car park, with a further eight at Immingham Dock Office anticipated by the end of the month.
It is a £150,000 investment, with plans for installation of further EV charging points for both employee and visitor use across the Humber ports, along with the installation of EV chargers for plant and equipment as ABP transitions from fossil fuel.
Members of the marine team are also trialling the use of new electric cars for the transportation of the pilots around the four Humber ports.
Grimsby is also being lined up as a national Clean Maritime Demonstration Hub.
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