Enabling the unloading of containers close to a port so that palletised freight moves inland and empty containers can be returned straight to the exporting berth is not new, but it is an increasingly popular supply chain model.
“The handling needs at ports, terminals and port centric warehouses in the hinterland perfectly illustrates how materials handling equipment of all sizes and types is used at various stages of the supply chain, from ship to shore to the store and onto the shop floor” explains Kate Pointeau, Brand Manager, Hyster.
The complete Hyster range includes Reach Stackers, container handlers, high lift capacity (up to 48 tonnes) forklift trucks, Fortens® IC forklift trucks from 2-9 tonne lift capacity, electric forklift trucks and a variety of warehouse equipment.
"Hyster brings reliability, strength, low cost of operation and energy efficiency to every application," says Kate. "These principles of design run across our unique full line offering allowing one supplier across a port and hinterland."
Expert in container handling, Hyster is a world leading supplier of container and intermodal handlers. Hyster ReachStackers and Container Handlers, used to transfer and stack shipping containers in ports and terminals, are reported to offer significant savings in fuel costs thanks, partly, to the optimised Tier 4i / Stage IIIB engines. These fuel saving benefits will be further enhanced for Hyster customers by the latest Tier 4f/Stage IV compliant engines, which are being progressively introduced to the market and showcased at the Hyster HUB event in May 2014.
Once transferred from the container yard to the port centric warehouse, pallet trucks and forklifts of various sizes are used to unload the containers and transfer palletised goods to the marshalling areas.
"It is essential for handling operations to match the truck to the application intensity, particularly for container de-stuffing" says Kate. "The Fortens® series of IC forklift trucks, for example, offers many possible configurations to match the needs of the most demanding 24hr applications." As an alternative for general use, the Hyster CT series offers excellent value for non-intensive use in standard applications.