Netherlands-based Terberg Benschop is to supply 40 LNG tractors for Asyaport’s new container terminal, being built in Turkey on the Marmara Sea.
The YT222 tractors with 170kW Mercedes engines are powerful enough to handle two trailers carrying 20 inch containers.
Asyaport says it chose LNG as a fuel for its environmental properties and the fact that it’s considerably cheaper in Turkey than diesel. There is also an LNG filling station near the terminal, so maintenance is easy.
Terberg’s Turkish distributor Portunus, based in Istanbul, will provide service and support. Delivery will begin in January 2015.
Asyaport’s new deep-water container terminal is strategically located as a transhipment hub for containers destined for the Black Sea via the Bosporus. It will handle vessels carrying up to 18,000 teu and will have an annual capacity of around two million teu.
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.
Following this order, Terberg will also supply 28 tractors to TIL’s terminal at Lomé in Togo, West Africa.