Rotterdam terminal reduces fuel costs with Hyster ReachStacker

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Barge Center Waalhaven, a container terminal in Rotterdam, received such significant fuel cost reductions by introducing a new Hyster ReachStacker, that the Waalhaven Group has placed another order for a new Hyster ReachStacker and an empty container handler in Born.

"During a Hyster factory tour in Nijmegen (The Netherlands), the benefits of the new Tier 4i engines used in the new Hyster ReachStackers were clear" explains Mr. De Witte, Terminal Manager at Barge Center Waalhaven in Rotterdam.

In October 2011, a new Hyster RS 45-31CH ReachStacker was delivered to the container terminal in Rotterdam and is used to load and unload containers from trucks, stack and handle containers ready for loading the ships.

The new Tier 4i / Stage IIIB compliant Hyster ReachStackers deliver similar performance levels as the previous models, but with much lower fuel consumption, saving significant costs on an annual basis. The measured savings by Waalhaven were 4 litres per hour less than other reachstackers running in the same application. The financial savings can be calculated by taking into account the current fuel prices.

Chris van der Werdt, Sales Manager for Hyster Big Trucks, explains “Once delivered, we proved to Waalhaven that our claims of significant and sustained fuel cost reductions are achievable in tough and demanding terminal applications.”

Barge Terminal Born, another operation in the Waalhaven Group, subsequently ordered an additional Hyster RS 45-31CH ReachStacker which can lift and put away containers from 45,000kg in the first row, 31,000kg in the second row and 16,000kg in the third. Additionally, they ordered the new 2 over 4 9’6” high Hyster empty container handler which also features similar fuel saving benefits. The new machines will both be used at the Barge and Rail Terminal in Born, in the south of the Netherlands, which provides multimodal transport for continental, deep-sea and short-sea containers.

Hyster has achieved low emissions and reduced fuel consumption in these container handlers by integrating the new Cummins QSL9 diesel engine with Hyster technologies. Combining cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) with an improved High Pressure Common Rail (HPCR) fuel system enables cleaner and more efficient combustion, and effectively controls NOx emissions. It also features cooling on demand, load sensing hydraulics, RPM management and alternate engine idle speed, to help further reduce the total fuel consumption in all applications.

The comfortable ‘Vista’ cab slides over the entire length of the ReachStacker for optimum visibility when handling containers and there is a container weight display which also shows distance and height. The Hyster ReachStacker is also proven to be the quietest in its class and, according to the company, transcends all the performance levels of the competition.

The Hyster empty container handler also features the ‘Vista’ cab, which is rear-mounted to provide optimum visibility for the drivers to support stacking up to 8 high with class leading lifting speeds.
The service support response time and excellent maintenance provided by the local Hyster distribution partner, Barloworld Intern Transport, were important factors in the purchase decision together with the performance of the machines. The preference of the drivers also played a major role.

Barge Center Waalhaven in Rotterdam is one of the three terminals of the Waalhaven Group and is used for handling 'short-sea' and barge containers. Strategically located between the city and the Delta, it has a capacity of 200,000TEUs and is a cost efficient terminal for handling large numbers of containers. Container ships with a maximum capacity of 1,200 TEUs and a depth of 9.5 meters can moor here. The terminal is part of the "Intermodal Transportation Concept" and therefore can offer services that other terminals often can’t.

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