Steelbro Sidelifters are used extensively at Gothenburg to distribute containers to and from the container port. In-bound containers are placed by straddle carriers in a specially designated loading area, and picked up when a Sidelifter unit becomes available.
While skeletal-only units must wait for a straddle carrier to become available before they can load their containers, the dedicated Sidelifter lane gives trucks a fast and easy exit from the port. Operators can save up to two hours’ waiting time during busy periods, according to Steelbro.
One company reaping the benefits of the system is BIB Transport, which delivers containers for Gothenburg-based logistics company Logistik Partner. Most containers are delivered within a 2–3-hour radius of the port. They can be picked up quickly at the dedicated loading area and then deposited at the doorstep of the import company for unloading, without the need for any additional machinery.