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Bell coal trucks selected for port contract

World Coal,

Bulk handling specialist G A Smith Ltd has purchased four Bell Equipment coal trucks for use at the Port of Tyne near Newcastle, in a move to further expand the coal handling capabilities of its fleet in the North East of England.

The machines are based on the B40 articulated dump truck, however are fitted with 1200 mm coal extensions. They will provide an essential resource in fulfilling a large coal import contract for G A Smith.

The company is now responsible for overseeing the successful manoeuvre of over four million t of coal, imported into the Port of Tyne. The trucks will be used to transfer coal from incoming boats to be stockpiled.

Port of Tyne

George Smith, A G Smith director, commented: “The Port of Tyne contract presents our fleet with a heavy work consignment, requiring machines to be operated around the clock. 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”.

After visiting Bell’s UK base, Smith added: “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 specialist 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.”

Smith explained that the Port of Tyne is currently extremely busy, particularly with the competitive price of coal. Consequently, the Bell trucks have been regularly set to task, working two 12 hour shifts, seven days a week.

“Without doubt the machines are performing to, and beyond expectations, with impressive fuel economy and a notably positive response from site operatives,” Smith concluded.

Economical and industrious

Nick Learoyd, managing director of Bell Equipment UK, added to Smith’s comment: “It’s great to hear more positive feedback from satisfied customers who’ve chosen to add our hard-working machinery to their fleets.

“The reputation of our B40 models goes before them, as they are economical to run and receive glowing reports from operators, time and time again. These machines are really industrious, and can be relied upon to offer return on investment, as well as minimal downtime.

“Increasingly we’re finding that customers are showing the confidence to work our machines around the clock. G A Smith provides a perfect example of this trend, and it’s pleasing to hear that the chosen equipment is already matching up to expectation.

“I hope the purchase of these articulated trucks marks the beginning of a long and mutually rewarding relationship.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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