Stralis to work in south-west

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NEW ZEALAND lo­gis­tics com­pany C3 runs an op­er­a­tion haul­ing wood­chips from sus­tain­ably- grown plan­ta­tions in south­ern West­ern Aus­tralia to Al­bany Port.

The com­pany runs a range of IVECO Stralis mod­els for the job. The Stralis prime movers op­er­ate five days per week, av­er­ag­ing more than 400km per day, with the ma­jor­ity of the plan­ta­tions they ser­vice lo­cated within a 130km ra­dius of Al­bany.

Along with the WA-based fleet, C3 also op­er­ates sev­eral trucks from the city of Port­land in south-west­ern Vic­to­ria in the same ap­pli­ca­tion but con­fig­ured as B-dou­bles.

C3 has in­vested in more than 20 Stralis trucks across sev­eral years, com­pris­ing of the ear­lier se­ries AS-Ls and four new AS-L Se­ries II mod­els that have been added in re­cent months.

C3 Al­bany op­er­a­tions man­ager Craig Fildes said some of the first Stralis prime movers on fleet were now ap­proach­ing a mil­lion kilome­tres.

These were fit­ted with Cur­sor 13 en­gines pro­duc­ing 500 horse­power and the smooth-shift­ing EuroTronic II 16-speed AMT.

“We be­gan us­ing Stralis AS-L prime movers around six years ago. Some of these are still be­ing used and now have over 800,000km show­ing,” Craig said.

“When it came time to grow the fleet in this ap­pli­ca­tion, we opted to con­tinue us­ing AS-Ls, pur­chas­ing four of the lat­est Se­ries II mod­els in March.

“This time we went for the higher en­gine out­put and worked with IVECO to se­lect the best GCM.

“The AS-Ls al­low us to work at our de­sired tar­get of 90 tonnes, which helps pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“The AS-Ls do quite an amaz­ing job, they are a good all-round fit for the ap­pli­ca­tion. They’re com­fort­able, quiet, they’re easy to work with and are com­pet­i­tively priced.

“A lot of the roads the trucks travel on, es­pe­cially in the plan­ta­tions, as you could imag­ine are not very nice, the trucks can take a bat­ter­ing, but the IVECOs han­dle it well.

“The driv­ers are also happy with them, es­pe­cially with their com­fort­able, quiet cabin.”

The lat­est AS-L Se­ries II prime movers fea­ture a 560hp, 13-litre Cur­sor en­gine cou­pled to a ZF Eurotronic II 16-speed trans­mis­sion.

❝wood­chips The spe­cialised trans­port of from sus­tain­ably­grown plan­ta­tions in south­ern WA.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

LEFT: An Iveco Stralis does the job in a typ­i­cal WA multi-axle com­bi­na­tion for the Kiwi com­pany C3.

Trucks and trail­ers are hy­drauli­cally tipped for un­load­ing chip for ex­port, fast un­load­ing and quick turn­arounds.

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