Efficient container handling
Five Hyster empty container handlers are helping Rotterdam Shortsea Terminals (RST) to load and unload ships more quickly and efficiently, saving the operator both time and money.
These machines can handle up to ten containerships a day and have replaced five existing Hyster empty container handlers which were commissioned in 2009.
Cees van Pelt, manager technical department and projects, RST, said: “It's a tough 24/7 operation in Rotterdam Port with each empty container handler working intensely for up to 4,000 hrs per year. Reliability is essential.”
The Hyster H22XM-12EC Stage IIIB compliant trucks were delivered in July 2014 and have already helped RST reduce its fuel bill significantly, achieving a 15% fuel saving compared to the previous model.
RST said it has also saved fuel by choosing four Hyster ReachStackers delivered back in 2013. It said the saving equates to at least four litres per hour on each truck, making a big difference to the cost per move of each container.
Heffiq engineers resident at the terminal for planned and unplanned maintenance of the trucks. The engineers train the drivers and RST uses the Hyster Tracker fleet management system to monitor the equipment recording both productivity and fuel costs.
“We have a complete understanding of our operation, including how much it costs us to move a single container. Our partnership with Hyster and Heffiq is excellent and our operation is continuously improving as a result,” Mr van Pelt added.
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