The Port of Liverpool has taken first delivery of two new cutting edge shovel loaders which will replace an existing fleet of machines at the Animal Food Stuffs (AFS) warehouse.
The new JCB 457 loading shovels are the latest JCB built machines from Briggs Equipment and include cutting edge machine technology. The new machines have been selected and specified with additional safety features including: hi-visibility hand rails, Ardent Vehicle Fire Protection, Camera System, Illuminating Chevrons and Tier 5 engine technology, reducing harmful emissions by eliminating ultra-fine particles of soot in diesel exhaust known as sub-micron level particles. This is extremely important and in alignment with Peel Ports clean air quality strategy.
A further four new machines will be delivered over the coming weeks which will include another two JCB 457 and two JCB 437 loading shovels.
The new equipment will be used across the bulk terminals at Mersey, specifically the AFS and Merlin General Bulk Stores, and will allow the port to continue to provide its customers with a reliable and competitive service.
Phil Hall, Port Director (Liverpool), Peel Ports said: “The addition of these cutting edge machines have been well received by the team. They are highly reliable pieces of equipment which will further enable us to deliver our customer needs more efficiently due to an increased cubic capacity bucket.
“We have a great working relationship with Briggs Equipment who are our strategic wheeled asset partners. They have a strong track record for safety and customer service. Putting our customer service first is paramount to Peel Ports, this investment will minimise machine down time supporting our operational capability to customer service satisfaction”.
Tony Worrall, National Account Manager, Briggs Equipment, said: “We are delighted to have completed this latest delivery of JCB equipment to Peel Ports.
“We have worked closely with Peel Ports to understand their specific requirements and the solution that we’ve delivered ticks every box. The fast-paced working environment at the Port demands equipment that is strong, reliable and suited to high-intensity workloads and these new machines will provide exactly that.
“The additional safety features were a key requirement for Peel Ports and the new Tier 5 engine technology demonstrates their clear commitment towards sustainability in their work.
“We’re looking forward to continuing our work with Peel Ports and seeing the positive impact that these new machines will have on all aspects of their operations.”