In 2013, Komatsu Europe International donated a Komatsu hybrid HB215LC-1 excavator to the International Polar Foundation. Simultaneously, BIA (official Komatsu distributor) provided, free of charge, the attachments for the machine (quick coupler, buckets and hammer). By doing so, the two companies wished to support polar research.
A second-hand TCC45 crane (Terex), purchased from BIA, was rapidly added to the Komatsu excavator in Antarctica. Although sending these machines to the Princess Elisabeth polar station (Antarctica) was a logistical challenge, the delivery went extremely well. The Komatsu hybrid excavator and the Terex crane have been operational at the South Pole for three years. The hybrid excavator, which is working during the 4 summer months, currently records 1000 hours of operation.
Since a new research team was joining the polar station in 2016, BIA organized trainings on the two pieces of civil engineering equipment (Komatsu and Terex). The three members of the IPF have followed four days of intensive training (theoretical and practical) in Belgium.
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