When dealing with material handling and containers at harbors and container terminals, you will need different wheeled equipment to handle the containers in intermodal freight transport. Here the containers will arrive or depart by container ships and the containers will be unloaded or loaded at the terminals. From the ships the containers can be loaded onto train carts or then to truck trailers.
You will have RTG cranes that can handle the containers and also lift the containers into the trailers. You will need high load bearing and precise handling of RTG tires, so that you can handle the weight of the containers and also be able to easily ground and stack containers. The RTG cranes are huge, so you can imagine that changing tires is a task that one doesn’t want to undertake too often. This put a lot of pressure on selecting a tire that has very low tire wear. These wheels also turn very easily reducing wear while the wheels are turned at no or low speed. High quality RTG tires will be needed to ensure high operating hours and low wear.
You will also have a straddle carrier where you might want to use slick tires to ensure the machines and the containers from swinging. You will need very sturdy tires that can manage the high loads bearing capacity. You will need top class wear resistance and great grip even in damp or winter conditions. Driving properties are also key when you drive around the container terminal stacking containers.
You then also have a terminal tractor that can move around the semi-trailers around the yard while waiting for the trucks to pick up the containers. These terminal tractor tires will need to be able to move around heavy weigh containers and will need to have exceptional load bearing capacity. Maneuverability and precise driving response even in small and narrow spaces are key features that these tires need to have.
When dealing with containers, some of them are on a tight delivery schedule, so that you will need to make sure that your tire selection doesn’t slow down your operations due to tire failures or unscheduled downtime. Once the containers are placed on the semi-trailer trucks, they still have a long way to go before they reach their final destination; so don’t delay them at the terminal.