Asda takes Scanias for chill work

Leeds,UK: Asda has acquired 253 trucks from Scania which are going into the company’s chilled and petroleum distribution fleets.

“Scania won the business in the face of strong competition, with fuel performance and aftersales care being key factors underpinning our decision,” said Peter Hey, Asda’s procurement manager – national fleet.

“We have also enjoyed a long relationship with Scania – 23 years and counting – and the service they provide around the country, coordinating and providing a wide range of services supporting our cost effectiveness and our O licence compliance, is incredibly important to our business. This gives us peace of mind so we can concentrate on our core business; delivering the goods and serving our customers well.”

The bulk of the order comprises Scania G-series sleeper cab models featuring the 410 horsepower Euro 6 SCR-only engine.

The Asda base fleet has taken 93 of the G 410 LA6x2/2MNA mid-lift tractor units, and 68 of the G 410 LA4x2MNA tractor units. These vehicles will be based at Asda’s distribution centres.

The chilled distribution operation operated by NFT on behalf of Asda has taken delivery of 17 of the G 410 LA6x2/2MNA mid-lift tractor units, together with 38 of the G 410 LA4x2MNA tractor units. These vehicles operate nationally.

The remaining 37 vehicles are P 450 LA6x2/2MNA lightweight sleeper cab tractor units which are going into petroleum distribution fleet. These will be operated nationally by DHL on behalf of Asda.

All trucks in the order will be maintained by Scania dealers, that also provides service for Asda’s trailer fleet, excluding those operated by NFT.

Reed Boardall gets planning OK for cold store

Keith Boardall, chief executive, Reed Boardall.

Keith Boardall, chief executive, Reed Boardall.

Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire UK: Reed Boardall has planning permission for a 10,000sq metre extension to its largest  cold store.

The 55-acre site in Boroughbridge, has 142,000 pallet capacity and the extention will provide an additional 30,000 pallets.

“As a company, we are constantly looking ahead and believe it’s important to be able to take advantage of market opportunities by being able to respond swiftly to our customers’ changing needs,” said Keith Boardall, chief executive, Reed Boardall.

“Planning processes tend to be fairly lengthy and with demand for our services continuing to grow, we know that it is only a matter of time until we will need to expand our facilities further.

“With major changes in the supply chain expected, we are in a strong position to adapt our operations in line with customer requirements whether this means increasing our cold storage capacity or adding ancillary services.”

Hapag-Lloyd adds 3,000 PrimeLine units

Hamburg, Germany: Container shipper Hapag-Lloyd has added 3,000 PrimeLine units to its fleet, with 1,000 of the refrigerated containers equipped with Carrier Transicold’s XtendFresh controlled-atmosphere system.


Carrier’s XtendFresh manages oxygen and carbon dioxide levels within refrigerated containers

XtendFresh manages oxygen and carbon dioxide levels within refrigerated containers and removes ethylene, thus slowing the ripening of produce and helping to preserve produce quality beyond what refrigeration alone can do.

Hapag-Lloyd’s order is the largest for the XtendFresh option since its introduction in 2013. The PrimeLine units were installed on 40-foot high-cube containers Hapag-Lloyd purchased for fleet replacement and expansion.

“Now being deployed in support of the South America harvest season, the newly ordered containers improve our capabilities with sensitive fruits and vegetables by helping to assure optimal produce quality for our customers,” said Niklas Ohling, head of container steering, Hapag-Lloyd.

“As shipping patterns change, bringing longer routes, our investment in controlled-atmosphere technology will provide dividends for our customers by maintaining quality for produce such as bananas and mangos over extended shipping times.”

XtendFresh allows shippers to maintain the precise levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide needed to optimize conditions for a specific commodity. In use, the system’s patented, self-regenerating activated-carbon scrubber assembly captures carbon dioxide and ethylene, a hormone given off by ripening produce that can accelerate ripening if left unchecked.

As oxygen is consumed by the perishable cargo, on-demand fresh-air ventilation automatically maintains the optimum level inside the container. No other product integral to the container actively manages carbon dioxide and oxygen and removes ethylene.

The PrimeLine units use a digital scroll compressor to deliver more cooling capacity using less energy than prior models from Carrier Transicold. The units also provide pulldown that is up to 15 percent faster than its nearest competitor and as much as 30 percent faster than others, Carrier says.

Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, and with a fleet of 175 modern container ships, Hapag-Lloyd is one of the leading operators in the Atlantic and Latin America trades and the world’s fourth largest container liner shipping company.

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