February 29 - Peel Ports has invested in operational equipment at the Port of Liverpool in the shape of new Terberg RT 283 Tractor units that it says are renowned for their capability of carrying out heavy work under demanding conditions.

The Tugmaster units, which are specially designed for heavy haul ro-ro operations, will be deployed at the Liverpool terminals where they are now on site. The tractors boast powerful 4x4 drive and 165 tonne gross combined weight (GCW) capacity.

David Huck, head of port operations for Peel Ports Mersey, said: "This latest investment in operational equipment will significantly improve the ro-ro capability of the port to the benefit of our customers and end-users and is in response to this growing sector.

"The addition of the Terberg RT 283 Tractor units boosts our overall business efficiency at the Port of Liverpool, by helping to increase our service offering and capacity. The ergonomically designed cab, inherent safety features and easily accessible maintenance points will provide numerous advantages in productivity, cost-efficiency, safety and durability."

The tractors were purchased from Netherlands-based Terberg Benschop B.V., which produces trucks for road and off-road utilities and tractors and trailers for seaports.

The tractors have been supplied with Terberg Safenecks that further provide improved stability and additional safety during ro-ro ramp operations by ensuring optimum weight distribution between axles. Use of the Safeneck System can increase permissible payloads by up to 250 percent compared to a conventional gooseneck, claims Peel Ports.