Konecranes are set to deliver a small fleet of eight Smart Connected lift trucks to MSC South Africa centres on the east coast, west coast and at a new operation in the central Gauteng region.
The equipment was ordered in three parts from December 2018 to February 2019 and accounts for a total of four reach stackers and four empty container handlers (ECHs), all scheduled to be delivered in May.
MSC is able to track the real usage of the vehicles with information such as driving hours, carbon footprint, safety alerts and fuel consumption through TRUCONNECT remote services.
The service also aims to help schedule maintenance optimally and maximise uptime with less interruption to operations by providing performance data.
On the east coast, MSC has ordered two SMV 5/6 ECC 90 ECHs for Durban while on the west coast Cape Town will receive two SMV 6/7 ECHs as part of the company’s annual fleet replacement for existing operations.
All four ECHs can lift 9 tonnes at different heights which is ideal for MSC South Africa as due to a lot of activity at its facilities the ability to position empty containers quickly for stuffing and shipping is essential.
Ashley Bechoo, MSC fleet manager for South Africa, said: “In order to stay strong in the market, we need to provide a competitive service with maximum efficiency.
“We want equipment that not only performs well, but helps us manage and maintain our fleet, and especially monitor and control CO2 emissions and fuel costs.”
Recent success led MSC to do more than upgrade its existing equipment, having ordered four SMV 4531 reach stackers for the Guateng province for a new project to handle growing demand in the region.
Winfried Lux, regional manager IMEA for Konecranes Lift Trucks, said: “MSC is a brand-new customer for us.
“We are looking forward to working closely with the MSC team to maximise their operational efficiency with our high-performing lifting equipment.”