CARGO handling specialist Kalmar has agreed to supply Australia’s Intermodal Terminal Company with equipment for the new Somerton Intermodal Terminal.

Kalmar is to provide six electric reach stackers and two electric empty container handlers, with delivery scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2025.

The multipurpose Somerton Intermodal Terminal is currently under construction in Melbourne and, once complete, would have a future capacity to process upwards of one million TEU each year.

Kalmar said the reach stackers and empty container handlers deployed at the intermodal terminal would be powered by lithium-ion battery technology.

As part of the Kalmar Complete Care agreement, which was included in the order, a Kalmar maintenance team and parts inventory would be located at the terminal to enable 24/7 support for the equipment.

“ITC is fully committed to helping to reduce transport and operating emissions in state and national supply chains,” ITC chief development officer Leigh Cook said.

“With Kalmar’s delivery of a fully electric fleet of container handling equipment and on-site support, we’re not merely reducing emissions; we’re laying the groundwork for a cleaner, greener, and more efficient tomorrow.”

And Shane Brook, Kalmar’s national key account manager, Oceania, said the company was pleased to partner with ITC and deliver the “first electric mobile equipment fleet” in Oceania.

“With our world-leading electric portfolio and our on-site maintenance, we can both deliver superior productivity and a significant reduction in emissions, helping ITC on its journey to net zero emissions.”

ITC was established in December 2022 and is wholly owned by Australian superannuation fund Aware Super.