Two new Hyster empty container handlers have been delivered to Binnenlandse Container Terminals Nederland (BCTN) in Nijmegen and Den Bosch in the Netherlands. The new empty container handlers capable of handling double containers, 2 on 5 9'6", not only provide a significant reduction in fuel consumption, but one also features the new tyre saving axle technology from Hyster.
The award winning axle design featured on the new Hyster empty container handler reduces tyre wear by up to a factor of three. The differential is mounted in the wheel ends at each side of the axle, an innovation that allows the wheels to rotate independently, greatly helping to minimise tyre scrubbing. Not only does this help reduce tyre change costs, it also supports environmental initiatives. In 2011 Hyster won an environmental award for the intelligent design.
BCTN also benefits from significantly reduced fuel bills thanks to the Tier 4i / Stage IIIB Cummins QSB 6.7 engine and performance optimisation developments from Hyster, such as cooling on demand, RPM management and alternate engine idle speed. The new empty container handlers feature Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technology so the operators can fill the fuel tank as normal and the ECO-eLo setting ensures optimum energy efficiency.
Chris van de Werdt, Sales Manager for Hyster Big Trucks, explains "We have told the industry how we can help make significant savings and BCTN is proof that we deliver what we say. These are not theoretical savings in the right conditions, they are realistic operational savings."
The rear-mounted Vista Cab provides excellent comfort and visibility for the drivers to support stacking up to 8 high with class leading lifting speeds. Besides the standard 20' and 40' containers at the terminal, 45' containers are also handled thanks to a new type of Hyster spreader which features a 'shooting' pin. The containers are securely attached and can be moved safely and quickly.
"The long-term relationship, in combination with the excellent level of service by the local Hyster distribution partner, Barloworld Intern Transport, was considered in the investment process" says Wim Busser, Operations Director from BCTN. BCTN operates intermodal transport terminal hubs in major economic centres of Gelderland, Brabant, Noord-Limburg, Overijssel and adjacent German territory with volumes of over 400,000TEU, or about 10% of the total Dutch container volume.