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K&S Freighters tips Scania for smelter delivery contract

Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Scania, has delivered eight new G 500 prime movers to K&S Freighters in Newcastle for use on a contract to move alumina or coke from the port to the Tomago Aluminium smelter 20km away.

The trucks will run around-the-clock for six days per week, across two 12-hour shifts, so reliable uptime was reportedly a key decision-making factor in the K&S Freighters’ specification process.

Scania’s New Truck Generation G 500s have been specified exactly for the task and will pull new Tefco B-double tippers running on Higher Mass Limits (HML) mass management certification.

According to Scania, the day cabs are fitted with a fridge and LED headlights, with a rear axle ratio specifically calibrated for the loads they will be pulling over the mostly flat haul route. The latest Scania 4100 Retarder is also fitted to provide the drivers with additional safety margins when hauling 64.5-tonnes gross, while simultaneously extending service brake wear intervals.

The Tefco trailers also feature Electronic Braking Systems (EBS) which integrates with the Scania system.

Scania said reducing the tare weight of the vehicle was another specification requirement, which led to the selection of the shorter day cab and the selection of a single 400-litre fuel tank, sufficient for a full day’s work.

As with all NTG Scanias, the G 500s are equipped with the highest standard of factory-fitted safety equipment, as well as having additional equipment, such as dash and reversing cameras fitted by K&S. The trucks also feature MT Data connectivity for geo fencing and navigation.

“We have undertaken a very detailed specification and build program for K&S Freighters for this contract,” said Scania Australia Fleet Sales Manager, Steven Alberse.

“First, we discussed with K&S Freighters exactly what the task was that the trucks were required to undertake, acknowledging the need for uptime and excellent endurance over a typical working week.

“With the client undertaking their own servicing we were able to structure a bespoke parts supply and pricing solution to fit the duty-cycle profile of the vehicles, again to maximise their uptime,” he said.

Alberse said these truck will spend considerable time idling and powering the hydraulic systems that raise and lower the tippers.

He added that Scania G 500 fleet for the Tomago Smelter contract are not the first Scanias to be based in the K&S Freighters’ yard at Newcastle.

“The drivers already have a good understanding about how these trucks drive, and how comfortable, quiet and smooth they are, even with two fully-laden B-double tippers behind the cab,” he said. “The driver response so far has been excellent with a high degree of acceptance for the G 500, and a good level of understanding of how to extract the best performance combination of low fuel consumption and safe on-road driving, in sometimes very heavy commuter traffic.”

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