Heavy-duty transport: Benjamín has every confidence in the power of his Actros 3363

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Bull Power.

Benjamín Huerta knows what he needs for his job: experience, concentration and the power of his Actros 3363.


Benjamín Huerta closes the driver's door of his Actros. A bright white bull's head is silhouetted against the red paint – the logo of his employer, Especial Transport 2021 from Prat de Llobregat. “My Actros is really as strong as a bull,” says Benjamín and points to the “63” on the identification plate. It stands for the top-of-the-line engine variant with 460 kW. Vehicles with a high towing capacity and power reserves are required for transporting cranes, rail wagons and even helicopters. Exactly the right area of operation for the Actros 3363.


It's always better to check twice: everything must be in its place with heavy-duty transport jobs.
It's always better to check twice: everything must be in its place with heavy-duty transport jobs.
It's always better to check twice: everything must be in its place with heavy-duty transport jobs.
It's always better to check twice: everything must be in its place with heavy-duty transport jobs.
It's always better to check twice: everything must be in its place with heavy-duty transport jobs.
It's always better to check twice: everything must be in its place with heavy-duty transport jobs.
It's always better to check twice: everything must be in its place with heavy-duty transport jobs.
It's always better to check twice: everything must be in its place with heavy-duty transport jobs.

In the port of Barcelona.

Especial Transport 2021 is located in the heart of the so-called Zona de Actividades Logísticas (ZAL) in the port of Barcelona. The biggest logistics operations on the Iberian peninsula take place here. More than 8000 ships make port here every year, keeping Benjamín and his colleagues very busy.

20 years of experience with heavy-duty transport.

“Heavy-duty transport is a task which requires patience and concentration,” he explains. And experience. Benjamin has over 20 years of that in this field. He has been working for Especial Transport 2021 for four years. At first he drove one of the escort vehicles and then he got behind the wheel of a “conventional” truck. It was only after that that he took on the special transport jobs. “In this job you need to be able to stand up for yourself and tackle things resolutely,” Benjamin explains. And creativity is often needed too: “Sometimes a part doesn't fit straight away. Then you have to find a way to load it onto the load area safely,” he says whilst he inspects the tensioning straps on his load: A hydraulic press is strapped down on the container without sidewalls and a roof.



“My Actros is really as strong as a bull.”

– Benjamín Huerta


A hydraulic press on the way to Uruguay.

The load on the so-called flat rack is 21 metres long, 4.70 metres high and weighs 41 tonnes. Benjamín picked up the press from the factory in Lérida, secured for transport by road. On the Especial Transport 2021 premises at the port, the load was secured again – this time in accordance with the specifications for transport by sea. Once the load has been secured, Benjamín inspects the signage and documents – everything is in order. “There can never be too many precautionary measures for a transport job like this one,” the heavy-duty transport driver says. The time has come: he transports the hydraulic press to the port terminal. Destination: Uruguay.

Indispensable: the turbo retarder clutch.

Benjamin has now been driving the Actros 3363 for one and a half years. His summary: “It has never disappointed me. I have already driven 95,000 kilometres in it.”

During his 20 years as a truck driver, Benjamín has been confronted with all kinds of situations on the road and has driven several truck brands. His verdict? “Mercedes-Benz has got me convinced, especially with the turbo retarder clutch,” he says. The wear-free power transmission whilst manoeuvring or on inclines and the braking power on downhill slopes are a great help for his jobs. “It is important to have the power of a bull; but it is even more important to be able to control it,” he says. Benjamín takes off his work gloves and climbs into his Actros – its power is in demand yet again.


Photos: Begoña Tremps

14 comments

Ein wirklich toller Truck und super gepflegt.
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bel ensemble Bravo !
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Très bel ensemble bonne route
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Très beau travail avec un excellent camion et un chauffeur professionnel
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Pracht werk om te doen , met een zeer nette combinatie !!👍👍
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Prachtige truck .met een trotse chauffeur er op.👌👌
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Tolles Fahrzeug, immer schön den Stern polieren,dann hat man lange Spaß dran😀. Meiner hat 330 PS,macht aber trotzdem Laune damit zu arbeiten 💪👍
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Schöner Truck 👍
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Da kann ich mich nur anschließen. Der Lkw gefällt mir auch sehr gut.
Neben dem Fahren solcher Sondertransporte kommen sicher auch noch gehobenen Fähigkeiten für die Ladungssicherung hinzu.
Gruß
Klaus
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Ein super Lkw mit Leistung ohne Ende ,ich wünsche dir viel Spaß damit 😀👍
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Sehr schöner Lastwagen, da macht der Job bestimmt Spass 😄
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Sehr schöner Truck. An solch einem Job hätte ich auch Spass.
Ich wünsche allzeit gute Fahrt, Benjamin👍⭐LG
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Mooie truck en nette combinatie, met pracht werk om te doen
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😃
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