Maritime Transport Ltd has ordered 330 new Scania tractor units to be delivered during 2019/20, extending a relationship with the Swedish marque that goes back to 2001.
Of the 330 tractor units, 260 are scheduled for delivery before the year end, with a further 70 due to enter service with the Felixstowe-based operator in 2020. The orders will be fulfilled by TruckEast, Scania’s dealer for East Anglia, and comprise 30 410-horsepower R410 4×2 models and 300 450-horsepower R450 6×2/2 mid-lift units.
All 330 trucks will be equipped with Highline cabs and Scania’s fully automated Opticruise gear selection system.
“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,” said Stuart Wardlaw, fleet director for Maritime Transport.
Scania’s fleet and specialist sales director, Kevin Lanksford, added: “Maritime Transport is one of the UK’s largest and highest profile privately-owned fleets which has successfully operated Scania vehicles since it was founded in 2001. We are naturally delighted that our partnership has endured and that our vehicles have once again been selected as the company’s preferred fleet choice.”
The new trucks will be based around Maritime Transport’s 31 depots nationwide. The 4x2s will be used for distribution work, with the 6×2/2s running on container and distribution operations. The vehicles will be kept for a minimum of five years, during which time they will average 1.2 million kilometres per vehicle per annum.
All 330 trucks are being supplied with two-year Scania repair and maintenance programmes, after which Maritime Transport will continue to use the Scania network for its repair and maintenance requirements.