Impact Handling helps Associated British Ports’ Finland Terminal to keep the paper trail clear
The Finland Terminal at Hull handles over 700,000 tonnes of forest products every year – primarily sheeted paper and timber – and handles trade exclusively from and to Finland. It is operated by Associated British Ports on behalf of Finnlines PLC and paper manufacturers UPM-Kymmene Corporation, M-real Alliance and Myllykoski Paper Oy.
In order to ensure smooth handling operations, Finland Terminal has enhanced its fleet with eight new Kalmar DCE80 trucks, run on a seven-year, fully-maintained, contract hire deal. Impact Handling supplied the new trucks and looks after the existing fleet.
“The trucks are equipped with reel clamp attachments and are solely employed on handling paper reel cargoes,” says Danny Carmichael, ABP Operations Manager, Finland Terminal. “We chose the Kalmar trucks because they match existing fleet specifications.
“That was a key factor for us and fits in with our storage operation,” he continues. “The trucks are narrower and have a good lift capacity, at eight tonnes.”
Finland Terminal uses narrower vehicles in order to maximise its storage area and operational efficiency. Its choice was made a bit easier because the company has experience of the Kalmar DCE80’s.
“We already have five and they have been very reliable,” Carmichael says. “The paper reels are stored quite high and the operator position in the truck is slightly taller than other vehicles, so they are more comfortable and offer good visibility. They are head and shoulders above others in ergonomics.”
Vehicles: 8 new Kalmar DCE80 trucks
Client: ABP Finland Terminal, Hull
Additional requirement: narrow front aspect, to maximise storage area; 8-tonne lifting capacity
Special equipment: paper reel clamping attachments
Contract: 7 years, contract hire, fully maintained