From jamie goodwin | Thursday 26 March 2020
Six vehicles to be based at the retail warehouse, adjacent to the Humber Container Terminal on the Port of Hull.
A fleet of electric four-wheel forklift trucks have arrived at the Port of Hull.
The investment of almost £200,000 is part of an ongoing effort to reduce emissions and make more use of renewable energy generated at the port.
Forklift trucks are a common sight across ABP ports on the Humber. Their work is vital for the efficient movement of cargo into the ports’ extensive storage facilities and onto HGVs for its transportation to distributors.
The six electric Linde forklifts will be based at the retail warehouse, adjacent to the Humber Container Terminal on the Port of Hull.
The warehouse has the capacity to store 4,800 pallets of cargo which the electric forklifts will be used to manoeuvre.
Simon Bird, director of ABP Humber, said: “Investing in ABP infrastructure, equipment and skills here on the Humber enables us to service our customers effectively and help to grow their businesses.
"Investing in a range of hybridised and electric machinery available across the port will serve our port operations well, as we all work to reduce emissions.”
The vehicles rechargeable batteries are easy to remove and charge within a 12 hour period ensuring the vehicles are ready to go when required.
ABP is currently installing a 6.8 million solar array at the Port of Hull, set to be completed by contractors Custom Solar later this year. Longer term, the electric forklifts will be charged from the energy supplied by this solar array, helping to future proof the ports retail operation.