MOFFETT, part of Cargotec’s Hiab business area, has crowned Jan de Vaan from Baustoff-Metall, the Netherlands, winner of the first ever MOFFETT World Championship, which was held this weekend, 23-24 October 2015, at MOFFETT’s factory in Dundalk, Ireland.
Jan de Vaan took the title driving a MOFFETT E4, with a winning time of 5 minutes 51 seconds in a spectacular display of skill, speed and precision over the grueling test course.
Wayne Bordoy from Hardstaff Barriers Ltd., the UK was the runner-up, with a time of 5 min 59 seconds, and Olan Murphy from Macroom Haulage Ltd., Ireland took third place, with a time of 6 minutes 18 seconds.
The finalists had to negotiate a challenging course that was designed to test their ability to mount and dismount the MOFFETT, perform daily safety checks, negotiate obstacles, and pick up and place various loads in designated areas, all against the clock. They were also trying to beat the time set by the Mystery MOFFETT Operator, MOFFETT’s very own local professional driver.
"I am very happy, it was a tough competition," said de Vaan, who has worked with the MOFFETT M4 for two and a half years. de Vaan takes home a prize of €2,500 in travel vouchers, together with the trophy and ‘Operator of the Year 2015’ decals for his MOFFETT.
The finalists all won the privilege of naming a favourite local charity to receive a share of the €53,000 bid by CCF Limited, part of Travis Perkins plc from the UK, in MOFFETT’s 70th anniversary charity auction.
de Vaan, the winner, nominated En Route from Vlijmen, a charity supporting disabled children. Bordoy nominated Rainbows Children’s Hospice, Loughborough, and Murphy nominated Macroom Community Hospital. The other finalists also nominated charities, and each charity will receive a donation to further their work in their local communities.
"It was remarkable to see how safely and efficiently the finalists were operating the MOFFETTS. To see them adapt from using one MOFFETT model to another so quickly was also impressive. All of our fourteen finalists were truly skillful drivers, and they should all be very proud of their performance," said Keith Quigley, Senior Vice President, Truck Mounted Forklifts, Hiab.