Location: Tianjin, China.
Challenge: Improve efficiency to increase business at a busy container facility.
Solution: Robust equipment that can adapt its lifting power to the weight of the load.
Located 3 kilometers from the Port of Tianjin, northern China’s largest port and the main maritime gateway to Beijing, is China Master Logistics (CML) Tianjin. The facility is part of CML’s considerable service network, which covers major cities in China.
In 2016, in a move to increase business, CML Tianjin decided to augment its equipment fleet to help meet its daily stowage and handling capacity of 45,000 TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit). Business at CML Tianjin spans everything from depot services to warehousing and consolidation logistics, and these additions needed to be smart, on top of being able to withstand the demands of daily use. The answer came in the form of three Konecranes Empty Container Handlers (ECH).
“We are in Tanggu, in the Binhai New Area district of Tianjin Municipality – the main special economic zone of northern China – and it’s very busy here,” says Zhang Tao, Deputy Manager, Technical Department, at CML Tianjin. “We wanted to solve the issue of increasing our business, so we acquired container handlers from Konecranes because of the quality associated with the brand.”
Konecranes ECHs can sense the load and customize the lifting power to the weight of the load, thus reducing fuel consumption. Thanks to a wide mast, these machines are able to lift eight containers high. Hoses and cables are kept to a minimum, contributing to a reduction in maintenance costs and a boost in
Compared to machines from other equipment brands I’ve used in the past, it’s more comfortable, the working speed is much faster and there is very little downtime with it.
Liu Yu has been operating the ECH since its purchase. “The Konecranes ECH is fuel-efficient,” he shares. “I drive it eight hours per day and five days a week. Compared to machines from other equipment brands I’ve used in the past, it’s more comfortable, the working speed is much faster and there is very little downtime with it.”
Konecranes has a long history of working with the world’s leading container ports, terminals and logistics yards, all of whom are expert buyers and operators of container lift trucks. “Our customers demand a lot of us, and we have established a track record of meeting their requirements year after year,” says Cindy Shi, Marketing Manager, Port Cranes, APAC, at Konecranes. “We are happy that companies such as CML have placed their trust in us.”
Text: Gino de la Paz