Cooper Handling Group has supplied Bristol Port Company with ten high-specification Konecranes forklift trucks for £1.5m.

The forklift trucks are general-purpose and yet multi-functional, meeting a wide range of needs of UK’s busiest ports and complete its new equipment fleet.

Cooper Specialised Handling general manager Chris Barnes said: "After winning an initial deal to supply four Konecranes reach stackers in 2008, we have worked closely with Bristol Port Company to fully understand and satisfy its handling requirements.

"Bristol Port Company is a most discerning customer and really appreciates its forklifts and the true value of their specification."

Before completing the contract, Cooper Specialised Handling, the heavy lifting division of Cooper Handling held several meetings with the port and finalised the specifications that would complete its operational, safety and maintenance requirements.

Cooper says that it suggested several ideas for the Terminal West system designed to facilitate quick interchange of forks and attachments.

The company claims to have proposed a modification to the system that can accommodate forks from several equipment manufacturers and to address the lack of uniformity of fork dimensions on big machines.

It says that by fitting larger trucks with smaller forks can effectively increase the port’s small truck fleet size at a stroke.

According to Cooper, upon its advice, the forklifts have been specified with heavy duty mast sanctions, finished with extra-thick painting to extend their working life.

"The safety of the truck operator was our top priority when finalising this very high machine specification."

Other recommendations proposed by Cooper include 180° rotating seats with steering logic and extra protection in the cab guard against any injuries.

Barnes further added: "The safety of the truck operator was our top priority when finalising this very high machine specification.

"We maintain high contract management standards at all times and, as our relationship with Bristol Port Company continues to develop, we are delighted to support its busy operation with these additional forklift trucks."

Cooper has also offered extended warranty for its Konecrane forklift trucks outright, which includes providing service and maintenance for reach stackers which are vital part of the port.

Bristol Port Company is UK’s most centrally located deepsea port and it offers full range of services including shipping, distribution and logistics and can accommodate wide range of trades such as bulk energy products, animal feeds and gain, motor vehicles and fresh produce.

The port has more than 120,000m² of modern warehousing adjacent to berths and it is an ideal place to store high-value paper and metal products.

Image: Cooper Handling supplies ten high specification Konecrane forklift trucks to Bristol Port Company. Photo: courtesy of Cooper Handling Group.