Multimodal 2019

P&O Ferries’ Ro-Ro cargo operations enhanced using Kalmar

Smooth sailing for P&O Irish Sea freight ships thanks to new Gloria reach stacker truck

P&O Ferries boasts the largest fleet of ships offering a wide range of services and facilities, the most comprehensive route network and the most frequent passenger and freight services to the Continent.

Its Liverpool to Dublin route is operational from Liverpool Freeport located in the North West of England to Ireland’s east coast port, Dublin. Both Dublin and Liverpool are principal ports on the central Irish Sea Corridor and as such offer excellent facilities.

P&O operates a combined freight and passenger service with three Ro-Ro (Roll-on Roll-off) ferries making the crossing from Gladstone dock in Bootle, Liverpool, to Dublin, Ireland every day.

Although it is a Ro-Ro service containers are shipped by transferring them using a reach stacker onto P&O’s own shipping trailers. These trailers with their containers are then loaded onto the vessels en route to Dublin.

With such intensive operations taking place at the port each day, the reach stacker truck (RST) used by P&O was nearing the end of its life. The ferry operator was in need of a new replacement truck to enable the continued loading of goods containers at the port in Bootle.

At the end of 2013, P&O approached to Kalmar for advice on a replacement reach stacker truck. The materials handling equipment specialist was on hand to help P&O choose the best machine for its needs: the Gloria RST.

Following discussions with Kalmar, port manager Charlie Worthington and senior P&O RST operators were given an on-site demonstration of the solution at the Port of Felixstowe in Kent.

Charlie explained:

“We had purchased Kalmar machines before and were happy with what they could provide. We have a good relationship with Kalmar, and went down to Felixstowe with an open mind.”

He believes it was very worthwhile seeing a truck in a working environment, particularly for the drivers. “They really enjoyed the opportunity to see if Gloria was as good as they’d been told.”

P&O took delivery of a single reach stacker truck, Gloria, and felt confident in Kalmar’s decision to recommend such a good replacement.

“Kalmar understood our operations and needs well. They believed in the product they were selling and had no qualms about its reliability,” said Charlie. Since its delivery, the Gloria reach stacker has increased efficiency and productivity at Gladstone dock, boosting driver morale and engagement too.

Charlie concluded:

“The truck is much more manoeuvrable, and drivers get a boost from using it. We’ve provided them with better tools for the job, so they’re happier, more engaged and do the work properly. We have no hesitation recommending Kalmar and their good service.”

P&O Ferries is exhibiting at Multimodal on stand 413 and Kalmar is exhibiting on stand 513

Opening Times

Tues 18th June 2019 10:00 - 17:00

Awards/VIP Dinner 19:00 - 24:00

Wed 19th June 2019 10:00 - 19:00

Multimodal Mixer 17:00 - 19:00
(Late night opening & happy hour)

Thurs 20th June 2019 10:00 - 15:00


Supply chain management for logistics and cargo owners.

Browse the Multimodal exhibitor list.

Check out our Programme of features.  

Contact Us

To speak to a member of the show team call +44 (0) 207 384 7759. For more information go to our Team contacts page

Quick Links

Go to the Exhibitor list

Follow us on Twitter

Sign up for the Newsletter

Join the debate on LinkedIn

View the 2018 Meet the Experts Interviews