Qube reveals new 8×4 crane trucks

A new Volvo FM13 lifts a pole for a Western Power contract.

Qube has taken possession of the first of three new Volvo FM13 8×4 crane trucks.

Fitted with Palfinger Epsilon grapple cranes, the new vehicles will facilitate the delivery and placement of wooden power poles across Western Power’s electricity network.

“These specialised assets can lift poles from 9.5 to 21.5 metres in length,” said Gary Smith, Qube Logistics Commercial Manager.

“The cranes enable poles to be accurately positioned along the road-side verge with the assistance of a safety observer and traffic manager.

“As part of our contract with Western Power, we have a dedicated driver pool available to perform emergency deliveries around the clock, seven days per week when requested by Western Power.”

All three new prime movers will be dressed with Yindyamarra – the Reconciliation Action Plan artwork created by artist Darren Charlwood.

Last year Western Power and Qube entered into a long-term contract to deliver wooden poles throughout Western Power’s network.

The network covers 261,000 square kilometres, connecting more than one million customers.

“It is fantastic to see the investment in new vehicles and equipment to enable safe and efficient delivery,” said Western Power Supply Chain Program Manager, Colin Davis.

“Qube’s ongoing support during emergency events and everyday operations enable us to work together to power a cleaner energy future.”

Qube has also invested in a new Hitachi wheel loader and several extendable trailers to support Western Power pole delivery operations.

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