DCT Gdansk has received 33 terminal tractors from German company Mafi Transport-Systeme GmbH, which are set to be operated at the recently opened second deepwater berth (T2).
For this operation, the type T 230 F tractors will be handling container chassis with a payload of up to 65 tonnes.
The tractors have been delivered with a Cummins engine in stage IIIB and an Allison gearbox.
Since the container chassis will only be disconnected for maintenance purposes, the machines do not have an elevating fifth wheel; it is instead fixed.
According to a statement from the manufacturer, a fixed fifth wheel has the advantage of not having any moving parts and no maintenance has to be carried out on cylinders or the corresponding hydraulic system.
A double fuel tank with a total volume of 400 L diesel has also been installed. The tanks are connected and can be refuelled from either side, allowing DCT to run several shifts without refuelling.
While refuelling, a sensor submits additional information such as vehicle ID, current operating hours and the amount of fuel that has been refilled via WiFi to the central main computer.
This means that now they are fully aware of the working hours of each tractor and can balance the operation accordingly, noted the Mafi statement.
A light has been installed on top of the cabin that indicates whether the driver has fastened the seat belt.
The opening/closing of the 5th wheel plate also has separate indicator lights, depending on which position the lock is in.
Furthermore, all tractors have been equipped with an air suspended rear axle which is active up to 14 tons and an air suspended seat.
All warning systems in place are set to inform the driver immediately in the case of any engine/transmission failures.