LOGISTICS: SATL Expands Its Service
Recent Western Cape Business News
CAPE TOWN-based container transport specialists SA Transport Logistics have over the past two years added further value to their services by branching out into container storage, acquiring three container depots in Cape Town and taking over East Coast Containers in Durban.
SA Transport Logistics (SATL) managing director Vishen Ramsewak says uncompromising customer service has been central to the growth of the company, which started out as a regional road transport operator in 2002 before expanding into rail, and today offers shipping lines a one-stop logistics solution for their landside operations.
“We expect the same level of customer service from our service providers, which is why we recently took delivery of a 12 ton Hyster empty container handler from Barloworld Handling for our Woodstock depot in Cape Town,” says Ramsewak. SATL operates two container depots in Paarden Island and one in Woodstock.
The new Hyster H12 empty container handler, which was acquired on a 60 month full maintenance contract, is used to stack six and 12 metre containers four high.
SATL’s Durban subsidiary East Coast Containers recently also added three new Hyster empty container handlers to its materials handling fleet, bringing the number of Hyster empty container handlers in the combined SA Transport Logistics operation to seven.
“Barloworld Handling’s proven after-sales backup was instrumental in our decision to acquire the Hyster container handler for our Woodstock depot,” says Ramsewak.
“The support we receive from Barloworld Handling technicians minimises downtime, enhancing the service we are able to offer to our customers.”
With space at a premium in the Woodstock depot, the machine is required to operate in exceptionally narrow roadways. Yet it still manages to move up to 320 containers per day, which enhances operational efficiencies for SATL.
“The Hyster container handler is exceptionally manoeuvrable and driver friendly, which is of particular importance in our cramped Woodstock operation. We are also impressed with its robust construction, which contributes to uptime,” says Ramsewak.
“We regard Barloworld Handling as our partner in business,” he adds. “They understand our requirements and are able to present us with the most relevant materials handling option whatever our needs.”
Barloworld Handling offers customers a full range of Hyster empty container handlers from 12 to 22 ton, capable of stacking six to 12 metre containers four to seven high.
Design features include the heaviest built and sturdiest frame in their class; fuel-saving Tier III Cummins engines; excellent manoeuvrability; ease of operation; and the Hyster Vista cab, which has a parabolic windscreen so that no roof struts or other obstructions impede the driver’s vision, says André Els of Barloworld Handling in the Western Cape.
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