Five Liebherr ultra-class trucks delivered to BHP mine
Source, AMSJ – John Ninness
Managing one truck move safely and efficiently is, at the best of times is a challenge, but a heavy haulage company has managed to safely move five new Ultra-Class Liebherr T282C Dump Trucks to the BHP’s Peak Downs mine site in Central Queensland.
A logistical challenge but one conducted with safety in mind. National Group’s heavy transport solutions brand National Heavy Haulage safely delivered the massive trucks with police escorts and multiple road closures.
National Group managing director Mark Ackroyd said this was not the everyday type of haul.
“The trucks are some of the biggest in the world and have an empty vehicle weight of more than 260 tonne so when you put that into perspective, they each weigh more than 130 standard cars,” Mr Ackroyd said.
“It takes a highly efficient and reliable team to deliver a haul of this size and our NHH guys were able to do it without any concerns at all.”
NHH general manager Ian Scott was surprised with the sheer size of these machines but was never worried about their fleet of trucks capabilities.
“These were definitely some of the biggest loads we have dealt with but that is what we are known for,” Mr Scott said.
“We utilise top of the range Kenworth prime movers and Drake heavy duty trailers, so when you combine these with a team focus on safely delivering the biggest and best equipment there is, nothing is too hard or too big to shift.”
Now that the last Liebherr Truck has been delivered to Peak Downs, they will each undergo a final on-site assemble by National Mining Services, who are also a part of Mr Ackroyd’s National Group, and then be officially handed over to BHP to go to work.