The international logistics company HOYER, one of the world’s leading bulk logistics providers, is exploring the potential environmental benefits of introducing vehicles with engines that use the alternative fuel LNG (liquefied natural gas) into its road operations in the near future. For testing purposes, IVECO has handed over a Stralis 440S40 NP type truck.
In a joint project together with TOTAL Deutschland GmbH, Hoyer Petrolog is trialling the alternative fuel vehicle that also has ADR dangerous goods certification, when making deliveries to TOTAL’s service stations in the Hamburg and Bremen region in Germany.
Fuelled by liquefied natural gas, the truck has significant environmental advantages: compared to diesel engines, the Stralis 440S40 NP type truck emits 15 per cent less CO2 and 60 per cent less nitrogen oxide. Moreover, an LNG truck consumes 15 per cent less fuel per kilometre driven and operates at a lower noise level than conventional diesel powered engines.
Giving reasons for the decision to procure the LNG truck, Mark Binns, Managing Director of Petrolog, says: “Despite being more expensive to buy, we are convinced by the truck’s positive environmental and operational benefits. Introducing the truck will contribute towards our corporate initiative to reduce CO2 emissions produced by our vehicle operations by 25 per cent per ton-kilometre by 2020. IVECO is focusing on the promotion of trucks using alternative fuels, and is recognised as a pioneer of this technology which HOYER sees as interesting and promising.”
The LNG-fuelled engine will be used in a truck that transports fuel to service stations in the Hamburg and Bremen region in Germany. HOYER has been delivering to TOTAL Deutschland GmbH’s service station network since 2016. TOTAL’s Logistics Director Stefan Küfner confirmed their support for HOYER’s initiative to promote sustainable transport: “Today, with more than 40 years of experience in the LNG business, the TOTAL Group is No. 2 worldwide in the production and distribution of liquid natural gas, and is increasingly involving itself in using LNG in the transport of goods by road. For us, this cooperation with HOYER is another great opportunity to gather initial experience in the daily use of LNG trucks.”
Volker Schmitz, Managing Director HOYER Mineralöl-Logistik GmbH of the Petrolog business unit in Germany: “We are very pleased to have TOTAL and IVECO alongside us as partners who share our vision of sustainability.” The truck, which has been configured specifically for deliveries to service stations, will be tested in existing intensive delivery operations over the next six months.
HOYER, a traditional independent family business since 1946, has developed extensive know-how in the provision of complex and sophisticated logistics and transport services. It operates 2,400 trucks, 2,700 road tankers, 43,100 IBCs (intermediate bulk carriers), 39,200 tank containers and numerous logistics facilities, transport depots, tank cleaning stations and specialist tank workshops.
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