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  • From the October 2018 issue.
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To maintain a competitive, versatile wharf cartage operation, Norman Carriers has expanded its fleet with an Australian first – the latest SWL Hammar 110S Sideloader.

As the largest port in Australasia, the Port of Melbourne is said to turn over about 7,200 containers and 1,200 new motor vehicles on a daily basis. While the facilities see in excess of 2.93 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) handled annually, it makes sense that freight operators invest in quality road transport equipment to get the job done safely and efficiently.

For over a decade, Melbourne-based shipping service provider, Norman Carriers, has depended on Hammar Australia’s specialist Sideloader equipment. In 2015, it received two Hammar 195S Sideloaders to bolster its containerised freight operations, joining a fleet of about a dozen Hammar units.
Gareth Hearnden, Managing Director at Norman Carriers, said at the time that the 195S Sideloader ticked all the boxes as it is suitable for a range of tasks. “These include lifting containers to and from the ground – either one 20-footer, two 20-footers simultaneously or one 40-foot container – as well as trailer transfer from flat tops to another trailer all in a relatively lightweight package”.

However, technology changes and improves. One of the perks of working closely with Hammar over the years, according to Gareth, is having access to modern and innovative Sideloaders that promote safety and efficiency gains, allowing for the load to be moved much faster.

Hammar Sales Manager – South/East, Brendan Biasi, says that Norman Carriers’ most recent delivery is the latest 36-tonne SWL Hammar 110S Sideloader, which was manufactured in Sweden and assembled here in Australia. It features a very light tare weight (approximately 8.9-tonne depending on final specification) as well as a double action sledge leg with remote control hydraulics.

“The multifunction ‘sledge’ stabiliser can be deployed over a companion vehicle, such as another trailer or directly to the ground in sledge mode, which allows for maximum versatility,” he says. “The stabiliser can be deployed extremely quickly in the ‘sledge’ mode, allowing for fast cycle times.”

Gareth says that this double action feature helps to streamline vehicle movements in the container yard, too. “Hammar Sideloaders are ideal for transferring container loads quickly and safely without requiring additional container handling gear to do the job. The added bonus here is that when the Sideloader stabiliser leg is deployed over another trailer, the total space it occupies it relatively minimal.”

Brendan explains that the Hammar 110S features a lightweight FEA designed chassis manufactured using very high tensile steels. “The Hammar 110S is rated for lifting 36-tonne loads however the Sideloader has been tested at a rigorous 45 tonnes, boasting exceptional reliability and strength.”

Reliance on effective road transport equipment is set to increase for container handling businesses that operate in and out of the Port of Melbourne, where total trade for July 2018 saw a 9 per cent increase on July of last year.

“Hammar consistently provides quality container-handling equipment along with stellar customer service and aftersales support. The Sideloaders perform brilliantly and they’re reliable, with the latest designs harnessing the benefits of forward-thinking innovation,” Gareth says – explaining that their ten-year-plus partnership ultimately comes down to great communication. “The Hammar team work extremely hard to ensure that we are satisfied with the Sideloaders that we add to our growing fleet. Hammar will continue to play an integral role in our containerised freight operations for years to come.”

Fast Fact
In addition to its double action stabiliser leg and remote-control hydraulics, the Hammar 110S Sideloader has a weight indication system to ensure vehicle operators are always working with safe work loads.

Fast Fact
Norman Carriers was founded in Melbourne in 1949 by Norman Hearnden. In 1976, Norman’s son, Graham, took over the running of the family-owned business. The company started out specialising in wharf cartage services to Melbourne’s waterfront and general freight delivery. Today, Norman Carriers has expanded its services to include container storage, LCL pick-ups and deliveries, as well as quarantine and fumigation services.

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