Over the past few years breakbulk cargo volumes have been in decline. With commodities like coffee and cotton continuing to move to containerized transport, breakbulk terminal operators are looking to stay in the game. To do this, terminal operators need to stay competitive by improving efficiencies and accelerating vessel turn cycles. “Terminal operations are looking for tailored solutions that allow them to do more with less,” says Brett Schemerhorn, President Big Trucks for Hyster Company. “By working with Hyster Company, terminal operators have access to a team of highly-trained engineers and industry experts that can help them design the right cargo handling process and select a lift truck to fit their specific material handling needs.”
“Every operation is different, especially when dealing with complex breakbulk, project and roll-on/roll-off freight, so it is not surprising that the majority of our big trucks feature custom engineering to overcome a specific challenge,” Mr. Schemerhorn says. For example, recently a customer needed to use a 90,000-pound capacity forklift to work the hold of vessels calling on the terminal. However, the crane available did not have enough capacity to lift the forklift into the vessel in one pick. “Hyster engineered a removable counterweight that detaches automatically when lifted. This allowed the crane to easily move the machine in two lifts,” Mr. Schemerhorn explained.
Breakbulk attendees visiting booth #743 will not only have a chance to see the Hyster® H360HD2 with Tier 4 Final engine, but learn more about the customization options and special engineering solutions Hyster offers to help meet specific operational goals. Product and industry experts will be available to answer questions and discuss solutions during Breakbulk Americas 2016 conference.