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and freight handling by David Lowe, MInstTA
Wm Cory expands
• Wm Cory and Son Ltd, which already has extensive interests in the Merseyside area has expanded its freight service activities in Liverpool.
Subsidiary companies Weber Smith and Hoare (Overseas) Ltd and Continental Express Ltd, both well-known international freight forwarding agents, are to join Frank H. Dearle and Co Ltd at its offices at 33 George Street, Liverpool 3.
In addition to general freight forwarding, Weber Smith and Hoare and Continental Express will, for example, be able to offer export packing, storage and distribution facilities of its associate, Robertson Buckley and Co Ltd, of Liverpool and Manchester.
Of interest to local exporters will be the group's one-way container leasing arrangements from Liverpool, and the Continental Express overseas postal service for parcels too large to be accepted by the British Post Office.
• A sideloader of 100,000lb load capacity has been delivered to Valmet OY, the State-owned Finnish industrial complex, by Lancer Boss Ltd.
The truck—a Lancer 3500 Series GP—is to be used at Valmet's Jyvaskyla factory in central Finland where all the plant for complete paper mills is produced.
Loads to be handled include polished granite rollers which, when crated for dispatch, measure 38ft 4in. long and weigh more than 39 tons.
The sideloader-31ft 3in. overall length, 12ft 6in. wide, and with an outside turning radius of only 28ft—has a 12ft mast and its 100,000lb lifting capacity is based on a 39in. load centre.
Powered by a Cummins turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine developing 380 bhp at 2300 rpm, it has automatic torque converter transmission, fully hydrostatic power steering, air-powered operated brakes and dual-direction driving positions to aid fast, safe, fatigue-free operations in gangways as narrow as 15ft.
Top travel speed, when laden, is 25 mph.
Scottish container developments
• Clyde Port Authority has been given MoT approval for a new £1.3m extension of 330ft of container frontage at Greenock to bring this to 1180ft with seven acres of container parking as back-up land. The scheme is designed to cope with the expansion of container traffic already apparent and pending new contracts now being discussed.
In addition, the port will add another container transporter crane and three straddle carriers. Completion will take 18 to 24 months.
Another Scottish container development is pending at Cairnryan Pier, derelict site on the South-West coast, where Atlantic Steam Navigation Co Ltd is involved. It will clean up this area and dredge to allow container traffic to be handled to Ireland.
New crane for PLA
• To cope with the vastly increased volume of traffic through its rail container terminal at Tilbury, the Port of London Authority has ordered a further Goliath container handling crane from Herbert Morris Ltd.
The crane will span two rail tracks, a two-bay storage and stacking area and a two-lane roadway. It has a bridge span of 77ft and a capacity of 30 tons.
It will be used to transfer Freightliner and ISO containers between road and rail wagons and to service the storage areas.
£200,000 Boss order
• The Danish shipping line DFDS has placed an order with Lancer Boss Ltd for 40 Boss M Series Mark III 7000lb fork-lift trucks and four Boss B Series Mark III 23,000lb trucks.
This, with an earlier order, represents a total investment of more than £200,000 in these trucks by DFDS.
The trucks are being employed on intensive cargo handling duties at the ports of Copenhagen and Esbjerg. Most are diesel powered, but with a number of LP gas models catering for warehouse operation.