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P&O Ferrymasters lifts CEE trailer capacity

2nd September 2014

Pan-European logistics specialist P&O Ferrymasters is expanding its CEE fleet by leasing a further 300 trailers from TIP Trailer Services in a new seven-year deal with one of Europe’s leading equipment services providers.

P&O Ferrymasters lifts CEE trailer capacityThe deal covers 200 coilers for deployment in central Europe and 100 huckepack trailers to boost the P&O Ferrymasters intermodal fleet operating on rail services from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge to Eastern Europe and vice versa.

Manufactured by Germany’s Schmitz Cargobull AG, all the new trailers will feature the company’s recently updated logo, which gives a more modern look to the familiar
P&O Ferrymasters flag emblem to underline the company’s place in today’s ultra-contemporary freight market.

The latest agreement with TIP maintains a close 12-year relationship that also includes trailer maintenance. P&O Ferrymasters assets director Wim Blomme says: “This stage of our asset renewal programme takes our Europe-wide trailer fleet to a total of 1,400 units and meets particular demand for extra capacity in key growth markets in central and eastern Europe. The fleet will be further expanded on a similar scale in 2015.”

Rogier Laan, European commercial leader at Amsterdam-based TIP, adds: “Delivery of the new trailers started in July and will be completed in September. We look forward to continuing to work with a company that shares our goal of providing cutting-edge customer support across Europe.”

The trailers are being supplied with the superior EN 12642 Code XL rating for load bearing capacity. Their special side curtains each have 24 vertical aluminium boards – 48 per trailer – to reinforce the curtain structure. This ‘fit and forget’ solution also eliminates the need to equip trailers with horizontal wooden boards, which have a limited life and are costly to renew.

In addition, P&O Ferrymasters has specified that the trailer parking brake is mounted on the front bulkhead - rather than the standard position near the rear axle – to make access easier and safer when picking up or dropping off. Drivers normally have to walk down the side of the trailer to operate the brake button, which can be difficult and potentially dangerous when trailers are parked closely together in high-density areas such as ports.


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