Contractors World UK & Ireland Edition Vol 4 No 1 - page 7

Page 7
Contractors World - UK & Ireland Vol 4 No 1
Bulk handling specialist G A Smith Ltd has
made moves to further expand the coal
handling capabilities of its fleet in the
North East, with the purchase of four Bell
Equipment coal trucks for use at the Port of
Tyne near Newcastle – the first Bell models
to be purchased by the company.
The machines, which are based on the
B40 articulated dump truck but fitted with
1,200 mm coal extensions, are proving
an essential resource in the fulfilment of a
sizeable coal import contract.
The company, which has been estab-
lished since 1987, has become responsible
for overseeing the successful manoeuvre of
over four million tonnes of coal, imported
into the Port of Tyne. The trucks are needed
to transfer coal from incoming boats to be
stockpiled.
“The Port of Tyne contract presents our
fleet with a heavy work consignment, re-
quiring machines to be operated around
the clock,” explains George Smith, the
company’s director.
“Needless to say, with such demands
on our machinery, we can only bring
equipment on board that’s reliable, fuel
efficient and fit for purpose.”
“It was easy to develop confidence in the
capabilities of Bell’s equipment. We made
the purchases back in September, selecting
four machines that were extremely well-
built and offered the right specification.
“Integration within our existing fleet has
been seamless, with Bell providing spe-
cialist training to all our operatives on both
the day and night shift, to ensure that we
know how to get the best out of the coal
trucks.
George Smith explains that the Port of
Tyne is currently extremely busy, particu-
larly with the competitive price of coal at
present. As such, the Bell trucks have been
regularly set to task, working two 12-hour
shifts, seven days a week.
“Without doubt the machines are per-
forming to, and beyond expectations, with
impressive fuel economy and a notably
positive response from site operatives.”
Nick Learoyd, managing director of Bell
Equipment UK furthered his comment by
saying: “It’s great to hear more positive
feedback from satisfied customers who’ve
chosen to add our hard-working machinery
to their fleets. “
Bell coal trucks chosen by G A Smith
for port contract
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