Mercedes-Benz Actros Sails Back Into The Maritime Transport Fleet
By Maddy Price
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 12:32
Multi-modal logistics specialist Maritime Transport turned to Mercedes-Benz Dealer Orwell Truck & Van for its latest consignment of tractor units after landing an important new contract.
The 30 Actros bear the livery of high-profile customer Allport Cargo Services, and are hauling containers from depots in Doncaster, Southampton, and Trafford Park, as well as the Birmingham Intermodal Freight Terminal.
Meanwhile, Maritime Transport has commissioned a further 35 Actros, for operation on its general fleet. They are the Felixstowe-based operator’s first new Mercedes-Benz trucks since 2011.
All 65 are Actros 2545 models with flat-floored BigSpace cabs and state-of-the-art 330 kW (450 hp) straight-six engines, which drive through smooth and efficient Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmissions.
Maritime has enhanced the vehicle’s already-impressive safety specification by opting for alarm systems that sound a warning if the driver’s door is opened when the handbrake is off, as well as red seatbelts, in-cab smoke detectors and forward-facing cameras. Drivers also benefit from fitted microwave ovens, fridges and additional USB sockets to which they can connect mobile devices.
“We are delighted to be rekindling our association with Mercedes-Benz,” said Maritime Transport’s Group Financial Director Alan McNicol. “These new tractor units are a great addition to our fleet and our drivers are delighted with their spacious, comfortable cabs.”
Simon Smart, Maritime’s Managing Director Container Transport continued: “These vehicles will provide Allport with the high level of service they require. By strategically placing them at several of our depots, we’ve given Allport the flexibility they need in the current container market.”
Mark Rollinson, Group Operations Director at Allport, added: “Allport Cargo Services has a reputation built on a passion for service and making our customers lives simpler. We believe that in Maritime we have a partner that will uphold these same virtues and we look forward to a successful partnership.”
As part of its fleet expansion programme Maritime Transport has also recently ordered 200 Dennison sliding skeletal trailers and 100 curtainsiders from Lawrence David, and opened a new depot in Leighton Buzzard.
Established 15 years ago, Maritime has grown to become one of the largest privately-owned multi-modal transport businesses in the UK. From its beginnings as a container haulier the company has diversified into distribution, warehousing, railports, container storage and repair, and freight management. With a network of 27 sites spanning the UK, and cutting-edge IT systems, Maritime has the infrastructure to deliver consistent, quality logistics solutions to its customers.