Greenville, North Carolina—The Port of Virginia, the only US east coast port with congressional authorization for 55-foot depth channels, took delivery of five new Hyster H450HD-EC empty container handlers this week, fulfilling the need for additional high-capacity equipment to handle increasing port volume.
With the expansion of the Panama Canal almost complete, ports in the eastern United States are bracing for additional port traffic and increased cargo volumes. The Canal’s expansion will allow passage of ships with up 14,000 TEUs, almost three times the current 5,000 TEU capacity.
Gregory Poole Lift Systems, the local Hyster dealer, worked closely with port authorities to understand their long-term operational goals and secured a 10-year contract to fulfill the Port’s empty container handler requirements.
“This long term agreement with Gregory Poole and Hyster, which has been a reliable mainstay in the Port of Virginia, is representative of our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and sustainability,” said Bill Pierangelino, vice-president, terminal support and engineering, Virginia International Terminals.
“We value our longstanding relationship with the Virginia Port Authority as a full-service provider of materials handling equipment and services,” added Hal Ingram, group vice-president – lift systems, Gregory Poole Equipment Company.
“We are committed to rightsizing their fleet with the most compatible equipment and working around the clock to maintain uptime and drive efficiency savings.”
Hyster H400-500HD-EC series empty container handlers are designed for up to 7/8-high stacking in applications such as sea ports and sea terminal operations.
They have a Cummins diesel engine and EPA Tier 4 Final compliance, delivering as much as 22 percent lower fuel consumption over Tier 3 products. The unique mast design and curved tempered glass windshield create good all-around visibility.