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Daito Corporation, a group company of "K" Line, will Introduce Environmentally Green Type of “Hybrid” Transfer Crane at Container Terminals

March 16, 2007 - Daito Corporation, a group company of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line), announces it has placed purchase orders for 3 units of a new environmentally-green and economy-related "hybrid" transfer crane to be introduced at its Ohi Terminal in Tokyo and Honmoku Terminal in Yokohama. This newly-developed "hybrid" transfer crane has a system that reduces fuel consumption by reusing electricity that has been transformed from energy that has been generated when lifting container is moving down.

First one (TCM) will be delivered at Honmoku A5,6 in August 2007, with second and third ones (TCM and Mitsui) to be delivered at Ohi Terminal No.1 & No.2 in October and November 2007. This will be the first time ever in Japan in which a container terminal has introduced such one-over-five-high type "hybrid" transfer crane. Manufacturers are TCM Corporation and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

Benefits for environmental preservation compared with current transfer cranes:

  1. Reduction in Oil Consumption: 40-50% decrease
  2. Prevention of Air Pollution (Emission of CO2, etc.): 40-50% decrease
  3. Reduction in noise by advanced type engine

Daito Corporation is also planning to introduce another 2 units of this "hybrid" type transfer crane at Ohi Terminal as well as one more unit at Honmoku Terminal in 2008 after checking data following introduction of the first 3 above-mentioned "hybrid" type transfer cranes.

Transfer Cranes:

Container handling equipment that loads and unloads containers from/onto chassis for moving within container yard.