The Ceduna operation has taken delivery of three new Twin-Steer prime movers for the haulage of heavy mineral concentrate on the 550-kilometre round trip from the Iluka resources JA mine to the Port of Thevenard. The prime movers replace conventional single steer axle prime movers, hauling in triple road train configuration.
The units are fitted with all of the latest safety features including active cruise control, lane departure warning, MT Data, four-way camera system and Guardian technology (formerly Seeing Machines). The driver side step design is based on the changes implemented in the Murray Basin operation in 2015/16, adapted to suit the higher cab of the Twin-Steer design. The pre-delivery risk assessment also identified other improvements such as reducing range of movement of the bullbar and altering the bonnet safety strap, making pre-start checks safer.
Permits for driving Twin-Steer prime movers on the Eyre Highway is another first for Kalari. The expected benefit from the three units will be approximately 100 less trips of product each year, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and traffic movements.
Initial feedback on the new units has been positive, with the improved ride quality in particular being well received.
Kalari is a wholly owned subsidiary of John Swire & Sons Pty.