LOGISTICS: New Equipment for Vanguard
Recent Gauteng Business News
Vanguard has announced the acquisition of a six axle self-propelled modular trailer to add to its existing fleet. The trailer, purchased from a German manufacturer, is due to arrive in the country in December and adds a further 200 ton capacity to the Vanguard fleet.
James Robinson, Project Manager, Vanguard, says the self-propelled modular trailer is the ideal addition to the fleet and is perfectly suited to site work. “The new trailer is modular which means that it connects effortlessly to our existing modular trailer, boosting our on site capabilities to over 1000 tons.”
The self-propelled trailer features its own drive units and can be steered remotely by an operator, negating the need for a Prime Mover. This is especially beneficial on sites with space restrictions or large obstacles. The projects utilising the trailer require fewer personnel as no driver is required, and it is relatively easy to establish on site and is cost-effective.
“Vanguard has identified a definite need in the local market for these types of trailers and we will be using them to bolster our Heavy Lifting division. At the moment we see a lot of use for the trailer in the ports for receiving heavy cargo and transporting it to storage areas. Sometimes ships are delayed and the cost of having a truck immediately available is high. However, with this trailer, it can be easily stored at the port or simply dropped off when needed,” says Robinson.
“These types of trailers are being used to a large degree internationally. Locally they are less well-known and if needed, are rented from overseas companies which requires a lot of time and logistics.”
Vanguard operators already have experience in using similar trailers and will be receiving more training on the new addition to the fleet from technicians from the manufacturer.
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