Maritime Transport significantly expands truck fleet
Maritime Transport, Britain’s major multimodal logistics provider, has again enlarged its fleet of trucks. It started to take delivery of 355 new Volvo FH tractor units. They will join 170 vehicles already being operated by Maritime Transport. The new trucks will ensure the further growth of the company and stimulate its activities in the road-rail sectors.
Maritime’s biggest vehicle order to date comprises a combination of 460 horsepower models with the Globetrotter and Globetrotter XL cabs, and 25 vehicles featuring the more powerful 500 horsepower engine. The new vehicles will be supplied by Volvo Truck UK & Ireland during 2022. Maritime Transport will deploy all the tractor units across its more than 40 locations to each cover around 125,000 kilometres per year on both container and distribution operations.
“The decision to order a large number of Volvo vehicles was made when they introduced the turbo compound engine. We ran a comprehensive fuel trial that compared the first generation FH with I-Save with other vehicles on our fleet, and we saw some great results. In total, we are running 1,150 trucks across the fleet currently and when all of the new Volvo units are in, that will take their share close to 50 per cent,” said Paul Heyhoe, fleet director at Maritime Transport.
Each new Volvo FH tractor unit uses turbo-compounding to allow the driver to maintain lower revs and a higher gear for a longer time, contributing to a smoother, quieter and more fuel-efficient journey. The vehicles are equipped with Volvo’s Euro-6 D13TC engine which lies at the heart of the I-Save product and has a more aerodynamic design, plus an improved map-based I-See system that continuously reads the road 2 kilometres ahead to optimise gear changing strategy, thus ensuring the best possible fuel performance. Moreover, each new vehicle saves 16 tonnes of CO2 per year compared to the previous 460 brake horsepower Euro 6 Volvo’s on Maritime’s fleet, creating a substantial 8,264 tonnes of CO2 saved per year against a similar-sized fleet.