Maritime Transport adds 355 Volvo tractors to its fleet

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Maritime Transport has this week started to take delivery of 355 new Volvo FH with I-Save tractor units, joining the 170 already being utilised across the company’s national network. The company says the investment means it has become the largest UK operator of Volvo’s turbo compound engine trucks.

Maritime Transport adds 355 Volvo tractors to its fleet
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The purchase order, which is Maritime’s largest to date, comprises a combination of 460hp state-of-the-art models boasting the spacious Globetrotter and Globetrotter XL cabs, and 25 vehicles featuring the more powerful 500hp engine.

The new vehicles will arrive in batches throughout 2022 to be distributed across Maritime’s 40+ UK sites, and are expected to each cover around 125,000km per year on both container and distribution operations.

Each new tractor includes Volvo’s Euro-6 D13TC engine, which boasts a more aerodynamic design, plus a map-based I-See system that continuously reads the road 2km ahead to optimise gear changing strategy, thus ensuring the best possible fuel performance.

Additionally, the FH with I-Save 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.

Each new vehicle saves 16 tonnes of CO2 per year compared to the previous 460bhp Euro 6 Volvo’s on Maritime’s fleet, creating a substantial 8,264 tonnes of CO2 saved per year against a similar-sized fleet.

Maritime has specified each truck with Volvo’s Visibility package, which adds cornering lights in the headlamps to give the driver better visibility to the side, as well as rain-sensing windscreen wipers and added banksman lights to improve safety further.

“The decision to order a significant number of Volvo vehicles was made when they introduced the turbo compound engine. We ran a comprehensive fuel trial which compared the first generation FH with I-Save with other vehicles on our fleet, and we saw some great results,” Fleet Director Paul Heyhoe told the press.

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