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The East African : May 31st 2015
The EastAfrican 10 Special advertising section HEAVY HAULAGE MAY 30-JUNE 5, 2015 Wide load cargo on Thika Highway in Nairobi. Picture: File Right choice of vehicle improves profitability Ideally you need to select a vehicle that will be fit for purpose, that offers good handling and fuel efficiency, along with more than just the mandatory safety features By A CORRESPONDENT The EastAfrican stakeholde≥s. These include the inf≥ast≥uctu≥e p≥ovide≥s, customs administ≥ation, clea≥ing and fo≥wa≥ding (C&F) agents, shippe≥s, t≥anspo≥te≥s and ca≥≥ie≥s, police, immig≥ation and othe≥ inte≥media≥ies. The movement of t≥an- T SAFETY TIPS FOR CARGO TRANSPORTERS, CHOOSING THE RIGHT HEAVY VEHICLE, MAINTAINING IT IN GOOD CONDITION AND DRIVING SAFELY ARE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO STAY SAFE ON THE ROAD. sit goods in the ≥egion can be t≥aced in te≥ms of a value chain. It involves use of the inf≥ast≥uctu≥e, equipment and manpowe≥ ac≥oss these entities. T≥anspo≥tation of ca≥go by ≥oad is common in most Af≥i- he movement of goods ac≥oss count≥ies involves the collective e≠o≥ts of many can count≥ies and East Af≥ican count≥ies a≥e no exception. The ca≥go t≥anspo≥ted includes heavy machine≥y, p≥oject ca≥go, ag≥icultu≥al p≥oducts, indust≥ial goods, and ≥aw mate≥ials used in va≥ious p≥oduction and p≥ocessing activities. T≥anspo≥tation of awkwa≥d, wide and abno≥mal ca≥go is a vital phenomenon in any of the g≥owing economies of the wo≥ld. The East Af≥ican count≥ies a≥e not an exemption as these count≥ies depend highly on the t≥ans-bounda≥y t≥ade. The ma≥ine heavy t≥anspo≥t and lift secto≥ has enjoyed a buoyant and g≥owing ma≥ket due to the boom in o≠sho≥e oil & gas and la≥ge p≥oject ca≥go wo≥k. Cu≥≥ent oil & gas p≥ices have led to an inc≥ease in the numbe≥ of o≠sho≥e p≥oject ≥equi≥ing t≥anspo≥tation, installation o≥ ≥emoval of a wide ≥ange of st≥uctu≥es and modules. The p≥oject ca≥go t≥anspo≥t ma≥ket has been g≥owing, pa≥ticula≥ly powe≥ gene≥ation and ≥efine≥ies wo≥k in the wo≥ld. As the st≥uctu≥es and ca≥go become bigge≥ and heavie≥ and destinations seemingly mo≥e di∞cult to access the ma≥ket is looking fo≥ mo≥e and bette≥ equipped vessels. The≥e a≥e also inc≥easing safety and g≥eate≥ envi≥onmental conce≥ns fo≥ all aspects of ma≥ine ope≥ations. The new gene≥ation of heavy lift vessels designs a≥e ≥esponding to the demand fo≥ highe≥ lifting capacity and la≥ge≥ out≥each. The≥e a≥e also an inc≥easing numbe≥ of new designs concepts aimed at se≥vicing this inc≥easing demand in the ma≥ine heavy t≥anspo≥t and lift indust≥y. Fo≥ ca≥go t≥anspo≥te≥s, choosing the ≥ight heavy vehicle, maintaining it in good condition and d≥iving safely a≥e steps you can take to stay safe on the ≥oad. Ideally you need to select a vehicle that will be “fit fo≥ pu≥pose,” that o≠e≥s good handling and fuel e∞ciency, along with mo≥e than just the mandato≥y safety featu≥es. Then it’s a matte≥ of good ope≥ational p≥actice to keep you and othe≥ ≥oad use≥s safe. The ≥ight choice can imp≥ove you≥ fuel e∞ciency, safety and p≥ofitability. As a foundation, you≥ vehi- cle needs su∞cient powe≥ to handle the wo≥kload, using the least amount of fuel and at the lowest life cycle costs conside≥, enginee≥ powe≥, to≥que ≥equi≥ements, t≥ansmission gea≥ing, di≠e≥ential ≥atios, wheels and ty≥es. Also conside≥ investment in newe≥ b≥aking technology. Fo≥ example, anti-lock b≥aking systems (ABS) o≠e≥ added safety and ≥educe wea≥ on b≥ake pads. Fuel typically accounts fo≥ ove≥ 11 pe≥cent of ope≥ating costs of heavy t≥anspo≥t. You can ≥educe you≥ fuel costs by ca≥efully matching the engine size to the wo≥kload demand. Eve≥y additional 5hp can inc≥ease fuel consumption by two pe≥cent Fitting ae≥odynamic cab maintenance Maintenance typically makes up 5-10 per cent of operating costs and increases as the vehicle ages or when operated in hard conditions. Choosing the right vehicle and regular maintenance will save your business more expensive downstream repairs and the cost of delayed delivery to your clients. deflecto≥s can also help ≥educe ae≥odynamic d≥ag and inte≥vehicle spacing. These can imp≥ove fuel e∞ciency f≥om at least six pe≥cent to mo≥e than 20 pe≥ cent, depending on the body and the load As a t≥uck d≥ive≥, ensu≥e you≥ chosen vehicle meets all legal ≥equi≥ements unde≥ the applicable t≥anspo≥t ≥egulations, the Land T≥anspo≥t Rules and the health safety ≥egulations. The anti-lock b≥aking sys- tem (ABS), elect≥onic b≥ake stabilisation (EBS) and othe≥ b≥ake technologies can significantly imp≥ove b≥ake pe≥fo≥mance. Many t≥ucks now comply with the cab st≥ength ≥equi≥ements, p≥oviding added p≥otection in head-on c≥ashes and ≥olls. Unde≥-≥un p≥otection saves lives. Some t≥ucks a≥e now facto≥y-fitted with f≥ont, side and ≥ea≥ unde≥-≥un p≥otection. Maintenance typically It is important for cargo transporters to have their trucks fitted with a tracking module grants you and your customers increased visibility to monitor the status and movements of their goods in real-time at any time. makes up 5-10 pe≥ cent of ope≥ating costs and inc≥eases as the vehicle ages o≥ when ope≥ated in ha≥d conditions. Choosing the ≥ight vehicle and ≥egula≥ maintenance will save you≥ business mo≥e expensive downst≥eam ≥epai≥s and the cost of delayed delive≥y to you≥ clients. It is impo≥tant fo≥ ca≥go t≥anspo≥te≥s to have thei≥ t≥ucks fitted with a t≥acking module g≥ants you and you≥ custome≥s inc≥eased visibility to monito≥ the status and movements of thei≥ goods in ≥eal-time at any time. Axle spacing is anothe≥ con- side≥ation that must be taken into account when t≥anspo≥ting heavy loads. To p≥otect b≥idges, the numbe≥ and spacing of axles ca≥≥ying the vehicle load must be calculated. Thus, a b≥idge weight fo≥mula is also applied to comme≥cial vehicles in dete≥mining thei≥ compliance with count≥y o≥ ≥egion.
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