New Jersey port to be 1st to use electric container carrier

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is going to be the first U.S. port to use an electric-powered straddle carrier to move cargo containers.

There are more than 300 diesel-powered carriers in use at the ports of New York and New Jersey that could gradually be replaced if the electric carrier is a success. It will be tested this year at Maher Terminals. It is part of a broader effort to reduce greenhouse gases at the ports. The carriers are made by Kalmar, a Finnish company. They are used to lift 30-ton containers and load them onto trucks for transport.