The activities of Cape Town’s self proclaimed oldest transport logistics, mobile crane and container handling business, Stellval Crane Hire, have taken a giant leap forward with the acquisition of eight state of the art Mercedes Actros 26/46 mechanical horse units.
Established in 1972 as an off shoot of the highly successful Union Steel company, this family-in- business enterprise provides a full range of lifting, handling, access and logistical services to a diverse range of clients and customers throughout the Western Cape.
As can be imagined with 44 years’ experience in the handling and logistics business, Stellval have amassed huge expertise in lifting and moving goods and boast the largest fleet of container lifting equipment in the Western Cape with lifting capacities of up to 50t.
Stellval CEO Sevi Papanicolaou explains the significance of the new vehicle fleet and the switch to Mercedes as a preferred supplier.
“Transport logistics and container handling is a highly competitive business where the customer is king and demanding of the very highest level of service and expertise” she says.
“Reliability coupled with performance is the cornerstone and over the years we have honed our business model to a point where our requirement for state of the art, dependable prime movers is not just a nice to have but an absolute necessity if we are to maintain our reputation of being the number one company in the short- to medium-haul handling and logistics business.”
“The full maintenance lease back package offered by Mercedes coupled with a very attractive financial deal with the proven reliability, ideal performance characteristics and cost effectiveness of the Actros vehicles made the decision easy when the time came to upgrade our fleet,” she says.
“We also like the Fleetboard software feature which scores of driver’s performance, keeping them on their toes and ensuring proper and safe operation of our asset.”
“Our business is diverse – from crane hire, container handling, access equipment, logistics and rigging – so we needed a truck tractor unit that could fulfil all those functions of our short- to medium- haul operations with reliability, minimum downtime and low running costs.”
Stellval operate from 17,000m2 site in Epping, shared with the Union Steel business and its facilities include a 3,000m2 mini holding depot where customers containers are stored and a fully equipped workshop which maintains its trailers, container handling and access equipment on a round the clock basis.
Jose Monteiro, Stellval’s Business Development Manager adds, “The mini holding depot initiative optimises our container handling operations and allows clients to temporarily ‘park’ their full or empty containers in safety and security thus avoiding port congestion and excessive demurrage charges yet still get access to them within a few hours.”
This is particularly relevant with the introduction of the new regulations where the gross mass of vehicle have to be confirmed using an accredited and certified weigh bridge, often leading to delays caused by congestion.
“Although we concentrate our activities in the region we know best, we are able through a well- established and reliable network of partnerships to offer logistics and handling services of virtually any commodity to clients and customers, anywhere nationally and internationally” he concludes.