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GPHA JCB Teletruk’s Biggest Customer in the World

GPHA (Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority) and Pasico Ghana are a major success story in the Ports sector for JCB Teletruks; in fact GPHA buy more Teletruks than any other JCB customer in the world. The story of how Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority (GPHA) came to embrace the JCB Teletruk is an interesting one and starts as far back as 1999 when some GPHA officials saw the machine at the CeMAT materials handling exhibition in Germany and noticed its unique abilities would lend themselves perfectly to port applications. By 2002 the JCB dealer in Ghana, Pasico had worked together to meet the specifications for the port and deliver the first machine. The Teletruk proved itself to be the perfect option for container unstuffing as well as handling loose and bulk materials and, according the GPHA, who today operate over 60 machines in Tema and Takoradi harbours ‘it makes a direct impact on saving life and limb with its fantastic clear forward vision’. Today this is arguably the biggest single operation in any port in the world. Stephen Owiah, Tema Port Mechanical Engineer, concludes that it would be difficult for GPHA to depart from the use of the machines now or in the future “the machines have low maintenance and low maintenance costs. The productivity of the Teletruk is unmatched by any other forklift in that capacity.” Africa is fast becoming the 2nd largest region for JCB Teletruks thanks to enterprising customers and a forward-thinking dealer.

Teletruks have proven to be a superb option for container unstuffing, as not only can they drive into the container but can easily handle loose and bulk materials. As GPHA comments “The Teletruk makes a direct impact on saving life and limb with its fantastic clear forward vision especially when working in containers.” Thanks to the innovative outlook of GPHA the Teletruk has fast become a popular option in both Tema and Takoradi harbours, and today GPHA operates over 60 Teletruks.

The long reach, manoeuvrability and ability to drive into a standard ISO container make the JCB Teletruk ideal for unloading diverse materials that would in the past often need to be manually handled. The Teletruk has a well reported ability to load trailers from a single side and in West Africa this translates into an ability to reach over and top load high sided vehicles. Add to this the Teletruk’s renowned reliability and a highly experienced level of local service support and it is easy to see why GPHA operates arguably the largest fleet of TLTs in the world.

In 2015 GPHA made a further order for 20 units of the JCB TLT 35D. Stephen Owiah, Port Mechanical Engineer at GPHA concludes, “The Teletruks have low maintenance and maintenance costs. Productivity of Teletruks at GPHA is unmatched by any other forklift in that capacity. In fact it will be difficult for GPHA, Tema Port to depart from the use the Teletruks now or in future.”