Maritime Transport Limited, a container transport specialist based in Felixstowe, recently ordered 330 Scania R-series tractor units and 20 Volvo FH models. Of the 330 Scania trucks, which all feature Highline cabs and Opticruise fully automatic gearboxes, 300 are R 450 6x2/2 mid-lift models with 450-horsepower (335.6-kilowatt) engines and 30 are R 410 4x2 models with 410-horsepower (305.7-kilowatt) engines. Scania will deliver the first 260 trucks by the end of 2019 and follow that up with the other 70 in 2020.
“Maritime and Scania have enjoyed a long and healthy relationship at all levels, and we are pleased to be continuing our association into 2020 and beyond,” says Stuart Wardlaw, fleet director for Maritime Transport. “The growth of our business, in addition to the fuel performance and overall reliability of the Scania product, has enabled us to place a significant order with the manufacturer and we look forward to putting these vehicles to work across our extensive depot network.”
Volvo FH Trucks
All 20 of Maritime’s new Volvo FH tractor units are 6x2 pusher axle models with Globetrotter cabs, 13-litre Euro 6 Step D engines that produce 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts), I-Shift transmissions, and Volvo RSS1344E rear axles. The company adds that the gearboxes feature “fuel optimisation software and dashboard-mounted gear selector switches.” They also have Long Haul Fuel software packages to enhance the fuel efficiency of the D13K engine. “We’ve done a lot of research with Richard Sharples and Andrew Low at Volvo Trucks UK to put together an ultimate fuel saving specification for these Volvo FHs and are confident the new vehicles will benefit our expanding fleet,” Wardlaw says.
Two-Year Coverage, Five-Year Lifecycle
Maritime will benefit from two-year repair and maintenance programmes on all of its new Scania trucks and two-year Blue Service Contracts on all of its Volvo FH models. The company plans to keep the trucks in operation for at least five years.