Gist add first LSTs to fleet
By Byron Rimmer
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 16:00
ADDITION: Five new trailers for Gist
Gist have added their first longer semi-trailers (LSTs) to their fleet, each specified with Carrier Transicold’s Vector 1950 MT technology.
The five new Gray and Adams trailers are more than 15metres in length and are fitted with Carrier Transicold’s powerful refrigeration technology, which offers rapid pull-down times and the ability to haul larger loads over long distances.
By adding the new LSTs to their fleet, Gist will be able to carry higher volumes of temperature-sensitive goods whilst still meeting the current regulations regarding maximum permitted weights and turning circles.
Sam de Beaux, Engineering Director at Gist, said: “The LSTs are great new assets to our fleet.
“They allow us to deliver more products in fewer journeys, helping us to increase the efficiency of our operation.
“The longer trailers fill the gap between standard semi-trailers and our double-deck trailers.
“As the LSTs have a larger area to fill, they naturally have a larger area to cool.
“As such, we needed to make sure the refrigeration technology we chose would be powerful enough to maintain the integrity of our loads.
“We’ve run Carrier Transicold units in most of our fleet, including the larger-volume double-deck trailers, and we know the equipment is technically sound and our drivers are comfortable using it.
“The power of the Vector 1950 unit is exactly what we need to keep the LSTs cool.
“Carrier Transicold was the perfect choice.”
The Vector units are equipped with Carrier Transicold’s patented E-Drive electric technology.
This technology removes the mechanical transmissions found in conventional belt-driven refrigeration systems and transforms engine power into electricity through a generator.
The new trailers are operating in conjunction with DAF tractor units with drivers specifically chosen for the LSTs project.
All drivers have completed a comprehensive two-day training course to meet the requirements for operating these longer articulated vehicles.
All of the units are covered by Carrier Transicold’s Golden Cold repair and maintenance contracts.