Dutch manufacturer Terberg Benschop has received a contract to supply the YT 222 to service a new container terminal in Turkey, on the Marmara Sea, approximately 135 kilometers from Istanbul. The vehicles will be delivered to Asyaport, in charge of building the terminal, which will be the first transshipment container hub port in the country.
The Terberg YT222 tractor features a 170 kW Mercedes engine and has a capacity to handle two trailers carrying 20 inch containers. Servicing and support of the LNG-powered trucks, expected to be delivered by January 2015, will be provided by Istanbul-based Portunus.
Asyaport said it ordered tractors running on natural gas for environmental, economic and geographical reasons. LNG eliminates particulate emissions, significantly reduces NOx and CO2 emissions, and is more economic than diesel. Furthermore, there is an LNG filling station near the terminal.
The new deep-water terminal, due for completion later this year, will handle vessels carrying up to 18,000 TEU and will have an annual capacity of around 2 million TEU. Its strategic location will benefit containers destined for the Black Sea via the Bosporus. Investors in the terminal include Terminal Investment Ltd SA (TIL), the terminal operating subsidiary of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), and the Soyuer Group in Turkey.
Source: Terberg Benschop