To improve their container operation, Barloworld Handling has supplied Tyne Logistics Company with two new Hyster H10.00XM-12EC empty container handlers and a new Hyster RS46-36CH reachstacker to complement two that they already have. “By using both reachstackers and empty container handlers we have been able to restructure our operation to reduce wear and tear on both machines and the terminal area which has led to considerable cost savings and an increase in efficiency,” comments Operations Manager, Graeme Hardie.
About eight container vessels a week arrive at the container terminal from Felixstowe and Rotterdam. These are unloaded onto trailers by a gantry crane and taken to the 6.9 hectare Terminal that has capacity for 3200 TEU, of which over 800 are empty. The terminal is run at near to 91% capacity as possible to allow for any unexpected movement.
Once delivered to the terminal the containers are then stacked in the appropriate area. Laden containers weighing up to 35,000kg are stacked up to four high to the second row by one of the three dedicated Hyster reachstackers. The empty containers weighing up to 4,000kg are stacked three high up to 9000mm by the H10.00XM-12EC dedicated empty container handlers.
The reason why Tyne Logistics decided to add empty container handlers to their fleet was that the reachstackers were having to do excess hours to do the job and also they were creating a good deal of wear and tear on the ground surface in the terminal area. Since using the Hyster empty container handlers the amount of time the reachstackers were being used has dropped by 38% and wear and tear is now greatly reduced as the reachstackers are not permitted to go into a dedicated empty container area.
“We have had a long working relationship with Barloworld and they were able to offer us professional advice to sort out the problems we were having with wear and tear on the reachstacker. In addition we have always found their service operation to be very good ensuring that our 24/7 operation is kept running smoothly,” comments Graeme Hardie.
Both the reachstackers and empty container handlers feature class leading lift speeds of 0.41m/sec and 0.51m/sec. Visibility has been greatly improved through wide spaced rear boom supports, the sloping contours of the counterweight and a powered forward sliding Hyster 'Vista' cab that provides unrivalled visibility when stacking 4 or 5 high thus proving more ergonomic for the operator. Both trucks are also easily accessible for servicing.
Port of Tyne Logistics Services is owned by the Port of Tyne and is split into three divisions; Tyne Logistics Company, Warehousing and Port of Tyne Distribution. This enables them to offer a one-stop shop facility to their customers. At the port a variety of goods are handled and there is also a car terminal in the port that handles in excess of 470,000 cars per annum and a number of warehouses and custom approved transit sheds that cover 8.6 hectares. The container terminal is also directly connected to the national rail network and is designed to handle Channel Tunnel train lengths of 750 metres.