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.
“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.
“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