Maritime invests to enhance its empty container handling capabilities
February 02,24Forwarder Magazine
The UK's largest privately owned multi-modal logistics company has boosted handling capabilities at one of its busiest depots by investing in a new empty container handler supplied by Cooper Specialised Handling.
Maritime Transport has taken delivery of a SANY SDCY100K6G double box container handler, the latest generation of SANY's empty container handlers and the first to go into service in the UK, at its operation in Leeds.
In 2014, when Maritime purchased the Roadways container logistics business, it acquired three container handling depots, personnel and equipment. To cope with increased volumes through the new Leeds facility, the company turned to its preferred materials handling partner Cooper Specialised Handling for advice on new equipment that would withstand the arduous empty handling environment.
Maritime's Area Manager Ryan Rhodes said: ‘We're really pleased with the SANY container handler. Our container terminal here in Leeds continues to go from strength to strength and the new lifter has already had a brilliant impact on the business now that we are able to lift and move two containers at a time.’
Manufactured in Germany, the SANY 7 high double box container features a custom paint finish and has been specified with Valu+ options – a series of traditional extras totalling more than 70,000 Euros which are included in the basic price.
Chris Barnes, General Manager at Cooper Specialised Handling, said: ‘Empty handling is probably the single most difficult application in container handling, especially double box handling, so it's vital to deploy equipment that is built to withstand the challenge.
‘As the top machine supplier across Asia, SANY understands this marketplace and it is no coincidence that the empty container handler range is one of its top sellers.’
Unlike the traditional approach, which is to adapt the design of a 25 tonne forklift truck, SANY's empty container handler is designed around a 30 tonne machine to increase stability and strength. As a result, the driver is able to make full use of extremely quick lift speeds without jeopardising the life of the machine.
Cooper Specialised Handling director David Cooper added: ‘We've been supplying reachstackers and forklifts since becoming SANY's exclusive UK distributor in 2015 and are thrilled to secure this new deal with Maritime, which has been one of our most prestigious customers during the past six years.
‘SANY has strong design and manufacturing principles, which makes its machines a perfect fit for Maritime's busy Leeds depot, where driver comfort and safety, as well as productivity, are paramount. We are confident that the first of SANY's new generation of empty container handlers to go into service in the UK will help to showcase the brands credentials.’