The Whale Medium Volume Combination (MVC) is the workhorse of many a liquid waste tanker fleet and the latest model built for TIP and shown at this week’s Commercial Vehicle Show (Stand 4H60, Hall 4 NEC Birmingham), demonstrates the performance, environmental and health and safety features that make the Whale MVC class of 2014 a true thoroughbred.
The Whale MVC is a multi-functional machine ideal for private contractors and local authority operators alike, working on mainline sewers, gullies and drains. In conjunction with customers, it has been extensively developed by the engineering team at Whale Tankers over a number of years to keep it at the forefront of operational performance, durability and efficiency.
The 2014 show vehicle – built on a Euro 6 Daf FAFL55-220 18 tonne GVW chassis – also highlights a number of features that make it the new benchmark in terms of health and safety. In addition, the Whale MVC has been fitted with Whale’s new ‘ESN’ (Emissions, Smell and Noise) Environmental Package, making it one of the “greenest” vehicles of its type on the road today.
The jetting system has a number of features – all of which are standard – which provide important safeguards for operatives. ‘Jetting self start’ ensures jetting pressure reverts to zero after each use and ‘jetting soft start’, which allows the pressure to start at a much lower level, thereby reducing the usual ‘kick’ in the lance. A heavy duty unloader valve gives much more responsive jetting control over a longer period of operation, facilitating greater control and reducing fatigue.
On the gully arm, an anti vibration boom control is also fitted as standard to reduce health and safety concerns in relation to Hand Arm Vibration (HAV). An optional boom brake with control on the gully boom handle control along with remote greasing to the boom swivel is also featured.
The optional sideshift reel feature sees the main jetting reel hydraulically moved from left to right across the back of the tanker, allowing even greater flexibility when positioning the vehicle on a job. Another factory fit option, the digital hose meter shows both how much hose has been deployed down a drain and how much is left on the reel.
The show vehicle also benefits from being fitted with three environmental features (Emissions, Smell and Noise) which, when specified together, give operators a 30% saving on list price had they had been selected as individual options. Together, the three ‘ESN’ options form the Whale Environmental Package, which has been designed and developed in house using ‘Best Practical Means’ methodology.
Firstly, the vacuum system is fitted with a special up-rated coalescing de-oiler unit which further removes discharged oil from the lubrication system. The upgraded unit removes 99% of all oil particles, reducing emissions and improving air quality.
The second is a de-odoriser fitted to the vacuum/pressure system pipe work which masks and destroys unpleasant odours. The unit uses a carefully formulated fluid which is a blend of surfactants, perfumes, biocides and dyes, all of which are biodegradable and soluble in water.
The third is an uprated silencer fitted to the vacuum/pressure system at a specific point where the resonance and airflow produces the most noise. This results in a significant reduction in noise level for the operators working environment, as well as reducing the impact on the general public.
Speaking at the show, Whale Tankers Commercial Director Chris Anderson said, “In conjunction with TIP, we have ‘fully loaded’ this vehicle to showcase the range of optional features that can further enhance the safety and operational performance of, what is already, a very well specified Medium Volume Combination unit. With the added benefit of the Whale ESN Environmental Package, the vehicle also has further enhanced environmental properties, which have been achieved using Best Practical Means methodology at a very economic cost.”