John Garner is General Manager of the specialist company which services cruise liners at the Port of Southampton - Cruise and Passenger Services Ltd . He explains the time saving and space saving advantages of using Teletruks.
"Today we're working on the Queen Mary 2 and when she's fully stored-up she'll be leaving for New York this afternoon with about 2,600 passengers on board and crew.
It's all time factors and the more time we can save these ships the more fuel they can save. We normally get the baggage off by crane at 38 Berth – the original QE2 Berth – but this ship has moved here to 106 Berth to be discharged by Teletruk forklifts. It has moved just because of the Teletruks.
Teletruk is the best and most versatile fork truck I've worked with. It's very quick. On one particular occasion the Queen Mary 2 got in three and a half hours late – and was put back on time.
Speed is essential. With the Teletruks we've done it in 45 minutes, with the cranes two and a half hours.
We use the JCBs for all our operations unloading baggage cages on all the ships with a cage operation, like the Golden Princess and the Sea Princess; most P&O ships now are cage operation.
The cages weigh roughly a tonne and these machines pick them up on their full stretch out. There are about 175 cages to come off so speed is essential.
We must have the reach and the JCB Teletruk is the ideal forklift for that. Offloading lorries from one side is faster, safer. Also we unload a lot of lorries from one side. Our record loading Ships Stores is 344 tonnes on a P & O vessel. Unloading from one side cuts down on the room because we can put the lorry against a wall or near the water. Operating on one side is a very slick operation.
The main thing is to get the ships away on time. They won't leave any earlier, they've got their time slots, but it is all about making sure the ships are ready to move and we always do.
The main thing is - to do the right job you've got to have the right equipment.
The conventional forklift is for us, even though we use them, a thing of the past."
The forklift of choice. Teletruk is the forklift of choice for this ship's Captain. Teletruks work as a team to offload baggage cages from the cruise liner Queen Mary 2.
Recycling at sea. A temporary recycling centre has to be set up on the dockside every time a cruise liner is on turnaround. Here a Teletruk 35D removes baled cardboards from the Queen Mary 2.