Portico, Portsmouth’s international cargo terminal operator, has taken delivery of three Kalmar DRG450-65S6X reach stackers, which are capable to stacking loaded containers up to 6-high in the first row
Portico was formerly known as MMD Shipping. 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Director at Portico said: “We’re delighted to take delivery of these three new reach stackers, which will replace outdated equipment and increase the efficiency of operations in the container park.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.”
The machines are fitted with Volvo Penta Stage IV engines. Manufacture of Stage IV engines ceased on 31 December, 2019, but equipment can be fitted with them for some time under the Stage V transition regime.
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.
“Kalmar’s 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,” added Beddow.
Portico’s development plans include £50M of investment over 20 years to 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.