Deniliquin Freighters - first to run A-Double Roadtrains in NSW.

20-Mar-2013

Riverina-based Deniliquin Freighters is operating two purpose-built Kenworth T909 A-Double roadtrains which haul 60 tonnes of export rice from SunRice's newly reopened Coleambally mill in southern NSW.

The A-Double two-trailer configuration, at 36.5 m, is ten metres longer than a regular B-Double. The approval to operate A-double roadtrains, is a first for the state under a special permit by the NSW Government's Roads and Maritime Services. This enables the trucks to carry two 20-foot (6.1 m) TEU shipping containers of up to 30 tonne gross weights on specific routes from the mill to rail terminals in the region.

The permit allows the Kenworths to carry containers which are, for the first time, filled to capacity. That is around a 13 percent increase or 3.5 tonnes of milled rice per load more than trucks were permitted previously.

SunRice's Coleambally and Deniliquin mills had been closed almost five years earlier due to severe droughts which decimated Australian rice crops.

Today, SunRice has had its second consecutive year of full rice production, with a harvest of more than 963,000 tonnes. That's a dramatic turn-around compared to its low of just 19,000 tonnes in 2008. To meet the increased capacity, it reopened the Deniliquin mill in early 2011, followed by the mill in Coleambally in November 2012.

Deniliquin Freighters manages a large team of contractors and also maintains its own fleet of ten Kenworth prime movers which distribute SunRice finished rice to wholesalers and retailers throughout mainland Australia. It also handles haulage of milled rice between the three mills as well as the export containers carted from Coleambally.

"The closest rail terminal to Coleambally is in Tocumwal - that's a 256 km round trip which our trucks need to make several times a day," said Deniliquin Freighters' Managing Director, Russell Tait

"We spent 15 months working with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to try to find a cost-effective transport solution. The special RMS' permit achieved that. It enabled us to implement a new transport configuration that increased payload capacity to 60 tonnes at CML (concessional mass limits) weights,” he added.

The specification of the T909 includes a dual-wheel, lift-up Hendrickson pusher axle in front of the drive axle. When employed, the pusher axle enables the vehicles to carry a heavier payload that is spread more evenly across the axle groups.

Rated to a GCM of 106 tonnes, each truck is powered by a Cummins ISX EGR engine, rated at 600 hp and 2050 lb/ft of torque.

The truck features an 18-speed Eaton UltraShift Plus FO-22E318B-MXP automated transmission with Hill Start Assist, Meritor MFS73 front axles (7.3 tonne capacity) and Meritor RT46-160GP rear axles (21 tonne capacity), and rides on Kenworth's Airglide 460 eight-bag rear suspension.

The model has also been fitted with Kenworth's Aero 50-inch integrated sleeper, Front Under-run Protection System (FUPS) bumpers as well as the Kenworth Electronic Brake Safety System (EBSS) Level 1, including ABS, automatic traction control (ATC) and drag torque control (DTC).

The T909s pull two, low-profile, drop-deck skel trailers by Vawdrey, which are linked by a tri-axle dolly. The 36.5 metre, Kenworth A-Double roadtrains operate two shifts, five days a week, from 3 am until midnight, and one shift on Saturday, from 3 am until 1 pm.
Both Kenworth T909s were supplied by Graham Thomson Motors in Shepparton.





 

 
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