Up to the 40-tonne limit.
Marcel Krähenbühl lets the Petrologistics tractor-trailer combination roll slowly on to the scales: 39,980 kilograms, bang on target. The three compartments of the tanker semitrailer with the big BP logo on the side are full to the brim with petrol and diesel fuel. The first trip of the day can begin. “A good thing that I still do a lot of sport,” says Krähenbühl with a smile. He was once a semi-professional in Switzerland’s third soccer league. “If I’d been 20 kilos overweight, it would have been a close call!” The 45-year-old then carefully steers his Antos 1843 Loader from the premises of the tank depot in Rümlang near Zurich and merges with the existing traffic.
“Payload is an important factor for the success of our business,” says Krähenbühl’s boss Heinrich Heggli. He is a member of the executive board of the Heggli Group, which operates ARGE Petrologistics in collaboration with Indermühle AG Rekingen. “For this reason, when buying our trucks, bodies and trailers for the tanker fleet we attach importance to them weighing as little as possible themselves.”
The Antos Loader from Petrologistics supplies up to four filling stations in just one trip. If the quantity to be delivered precisely matches the maximum payload, the vehicle can fully utilise its payload advantages.
“Every kilo counts.”
On his morning trip today, however, Marcel Krähenbühl has a completely full truck, as he is delivering fuel to several big filling stations in the Alpine foothills. His first drop-off point is BP’s station in Spreitenbach in the canton of Aargau. This will be followed by three more nearby BP stations, which he can supply completely without having to return to the fuel depot.
The “payloader fleet” at Petrologistics. More on RoadStars.