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Empty Container Handler for Clydeport

Clydeport has taken delivery of a new Hyster empty container handler for its Greenock ocean terminal from long term supplier Barloworld Handling, who also supplies forklift trucks for its forest products operation.

empty container handler at Clydeport


As Scotland’s major west coast port operator, Clydeport’s core business is the management of the River Clyde and the provision of port facilities and services. Its Greenock Ocean Terminal (GOT) is a sheltered, deep water port with purpose-built container terminal which is the main container port for Glasgow and surrounding areas. It also handles forest products and services for cruise ships.

The port’s materials handling supplier Barloworld Handling has recently delivered a new Hyster empty container handler H18.00XM-12EC to support its growing import and export operation, which expects an annual container throughput of 80,000TEUs.

Andrew Hemphill, General Manager at the Greenock operation explains “The empty container handler is critical to our port operation, so we researched numerous vendors to ensure we selected the best product and service combination.” Engineers from Clydeport visited Hyster’s factory in the Netherlands to evaluate the product quality. 

The Hyster H18.00XM-12EC empty container handler is now operating over 70 hours a week in the intense container operation, and is expected to stack typically 5 high, providing the flexibility to go higher if required. The exceptionally strong mast is fitted with a spreader featuring quick release floating twistlocks enabling the port to handle containers of all sizes.

“The stability of the mast is excellent, giving our drivers confidence to stack accurately and quickly” he says. “It is also fast to lift and travel, so our drivers are definitely able to do more in an hour.” The truck features high performance hydraulics and a powerful powertrain, helping to deliver the class leading lift speeds required by Clydeport.

The rear-mounted “Vista” cab is a comfortable environment providing excellent container visibility for the driver at all times and the clean running Cummins diesel engine has proven to deliver lower fuel consumption than previous models. The Hyster empty container handler also features engine and transmission protection systems, a robust drive-axle, advanced auto-shift transmission and oil-immersed brakes to ensure maximum reliability and a low cost of operation. “We already had a positive experience of smaller Hyster forklift trucks in our warehouse, which have proven to be tough and reliable” he adds.

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