Sunday 8th Dec, 2019

Linfox introduces custom coal tri-axle tipper

Logistics company Linfox has unveiled a new custom designed tipper trailer for its coal run in Illawarra.

Logistics company Linfox has unveiled a new custom designed tipper trailer for its coal run in Illawarra.

The combination is a tri-axle tipper coupled with a six-axle dog trailer, pulled by a Volvo tri-drive prime mover.

It moves coal related products from the South32 facility on behalf of Illawarra Metallurgical Coal operations to Port Kembla for Bluscope Steel.

Linfox, which has invested $20 million recently in a fleet of custom-designed trucks, engaged a team of Australian and international engineers on the unique vehicle combination.

“The vehicles were designed to address the particular challenges of hauling coal in the Illawarra, especially the steep descent down Mount Ousley,” Linfox General Manager Business Development, Resources and Industrial, David Keane, said.

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“We’ve essentially combined the most powerful Volvo prime mover available with additional braking and descent control technology and higher capacity trailing equipment.”

Illawarra currently outpaces Sydney in population growth and with the transit route between Westcliff and Appin Colliery involving steep grades down Mt Ousley and through heavy traffic, South32 required a supply chain partner with a transport solution that minimised its impact on the community and environment.

Linfox said in a statement it was focused on the wellbeing and capability of its drivers as it planned to reduce the number of vehicle movements on local roads by 25 per cent.

The vehicle features radar adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation technology in an effort to increase the tonnage of coal it moves on each trip while honouring its commitment to chain of responsibility laws.

Linfox has also confirmed it has commenced construction on a new site in Port Kembla, where South32 ships coal to international markets. The project expects to employ 130 local workers, including drivers, contract managers, operational supervisors, safety officers and administrators.