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19.10.2012 – Bromma has been awarded the largest combined all-electric STS and all-electric yard crane spreader order in the company’s history. Long Beach Container Terminal LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Orient Overseas Container Line Limited, one of the world’s leading marine terminal operators, has awarded Bromma an order for 18 STS45E all-electric ship-to-shore spreaders as well as 32 YSX45E all-electric yard spreaders.

The size of the 18 all-electric STS crane spreader order marks a significant commercial turning point for ship-to-shore all-electric crane spreaders, as heretofore Bromma’s largest STS Greenline order had been for 6 STS45E units. The scale of the Long Beach Container Terminal LLC (California, USA) order reflects the terminal’s strong commitment to green equipment and overall environmental leadership.

The 32 yard all-electrics also ordered by Long Beach Container Terminal LLC continue an established trend of major terminals purchasing Bromma green spreaders for the yard. Since first introducing the first all-electric green spreader just over a decade ago, Bromma has delivered more than 2,000 of these spreaders to the leading terminals in the world.

The commitment on the part of Long Beach Container Terminal LLC and other terminals to environmental leadership has for some time focused on “lower environmental impact” in areas such as emissions and energy consumption. The emphasis has been on the environmental consequences of equipment when it is operating. Bromma green spreader actions in this area have focused on spreader weight and spreader design. In terms of spreader operation, a hydraulic spreader must operate its power pack continuously, while all-electric spreaders only consume energy when operating. The result is that all-electrics require 1/10th the energy required by hydraulic spreaders. Bromma all-electric spreaders also weigh less than hydraulic spreaders; lower spreader weight results in crane power consumption savings of 15%. Even when compared with all-electric spreaders from other manufacturers, Bromma’s all-electrics have a clear advantage, again due to design, as Bromma all-electrics weigh less than all-electrics produced by other manufacturers.

These kind of simple green design advantages have a large cumulative impact on the spreader’s carbon footprint. A lifetime reduction of 150,000 kWh in a Bromma all-electric spreader corresponds to a reduction of 113 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per spreader. By reducing spreader weight, lifetime reduction in crane power consumption corresponds to 94 tonnes less carbon dioxide per spreader. Thus the total emissions savings of a single Bromma crane spreader over the spreader’s lifetime is more than 200 tonnes—equivalent to driving a V70 Volvo sedan 42 times around the circumference of the globe. Further, a container terminal has many more than one spreader. A container terminal has 25, or 75, or 200 spreaders. This is why this level of emissions reduction – 200 tonnes of emissions per spreader – can add up to be very significant numbers when viewed in the context of spreader fleet emission savings.

Also, in addition to energy savings and emission reductions all-electrics produce dramatic operational cost savings as well. All-electrics have fewer service points, and require no oil, hoses, etc. They eliminate the risk of groundwater contamination while reducing maintenance and operational costs.

More broadly, Bromma is working to support leading green terminals such as Long Beach Container Terminal LLC with a broad platform of environmental actions, which at Bromma are termed the Bromma Environmental Initiative. The initiative involves a comprehensive approach to many different areas of environment impact, including:
– reducing environmental impact during equipment operations
– optimizing equipment lifespan
– optimizing recycling of equipment materials
– optimizing the equipment production process
– optimizing equipment function
– reducing aggregate materials used in equipment

One of the key areas of focus in the area of equipment production is the sourcing of green steel. A tremendous amount of steel is used in container handling equipment, yet while steel is produced all over the world, it is not always produced in a similar way or with similar materials, nor are the large amounts of energy required in steel production environmentally “neutral.” For example, in China steel production relies on energy that is mostly powered by coal. In contrast, in Europe steel production relies on energy mostly produced by nuclear and hydroelectric power. Such differences matter, as the environmental impact in terms of emissions resulting from coal-fired steel production is dramatically higher than the environmental emissions produced by hydroelectric or nuclear power.

Likewise, the raw material of iron ore from which steel is produced can vary considerably based on where it is sourced. European steel uses Nordic iron ore, which has high iron content and consists mainly of magnetite. Nordic iron ore is able to be processed through oxidation. This oxidation process generates large amounts of heat, requiring less supplemental heat from other energy sources like fossil fuels. Using iron ore that is processed through oxidation, therefore, considerably reduces carbon emissions and energy consumption. Firing pellets of magnetite in blast furnaces, rather than in sinter fines in steel mills, further reduces carbon emissions by an order of 7 to 1.

As a result, when all the factors of steel production are considered, the comparison in carbon emissions between European steel and Chinese steel is dramatic. In all, crane spreaders produced from Chinese steel produce more than ten times the greenhouse gases than spreaders produced from European steel. This is even when factoring in the environmental emissions associated with shipping European steel to the Bromma production facility in Malaysia.

Or to put it another way, much of the emissions savings a terminal may derive from a particular spreader during its operating phase may be lost depending on what decisions are made during the spreader’s production phase.

The Bromma Green Initiative is thus focused not only on operating green, but producing green, and this consistent and holistic approach is one factor behind the great surge in Bromma green spreader orders in this and recent years.

The spreaders now on order to Long Beach Container Terminal LLC are due to be delivered during 2013.

For more information, please contact:

Lars Meurling, Vice-President, Marketing
Tel: +468.620.0900