Thursday 22 October 2020

Van Hool adds value for tanker fleets

Belgian industrial vehicle specialist Van Hool has detailed some of its recent product deliveries to the UK and Irish commercial vehicle markets.

Van Hool’s range includes semitrailers, curtainsider trailers, road tankers, tank and bulk containers, swap tanks, swap bodies and container chassis.

Walsall-based tanker rental and sales firm Integrated Tanker Services Ltd (ITS) is a family-owned operator with a fleet of 75 trailers, the majority of which are three-axle tanker trailers used in a variety of applications including milk, vacuum, ADR, general purpose (GP), beer, bitumen, AdBlue and fertiliser.

“We operate a garage with a small number of fitters and mechanics for service and breakdown work,” said Nathan Hardwick of ITS.

“Our overriding requirement is for a strong tanker that will stand up to the heavy usage required from a rental trailer. We look for the ideal balance between weight and strength.”

The company had a 30,000-litre stainless steel vacuum tanker built by Van Hool in 2017.

“The build quality and finish of the barrel was impressive, and as a result we have continued to use Van Hool when an addition to the fleet is required,” added Nathan.

Murphy Transport Ltd is based in Cork City, with further depots in Dublin, Tivoli Dock, and a recently opened Little Island facility. The company’s 13 trucks and 100 trailers service the pharmaceutical, chemical and food industries from the Port of Cork, Tivoli and Ringaskiddy Docks, offering complete supply chain solutions.

David Kirby of Murphy Transport said: “We added three ADR 30/20 swap tank chassis Van Hool trailers in May 2020. We chose Van Hool because of the build quality and finish of the trailers; they are used for hauling ISO tanks throughout Ireland.”

Further recent customers include Brian Cunningham Transport, which operates in both the UK and Ireland. The UK operation launched in 2011, and runs a 16-strong fleet including 12 tankers, all GP with the majority ADR specification.

Said operations director Carl Williams: “I had contact with Fred [Everiss] of Van Hool a number of years ago at a show in Harrogate, [who] introduced me to the Van Hool product which I was impressed with… As time went on, Fred kept in contact with us and we decided to try the Van Hool tanks at the end of 2019. ”

Ireland container logistics specialist Cosgrave Transport Ltd runs a fleet of 130 trailers. The firm ordered its first new Van Hool chassis in 2017, having purchased a number of used chassis.

Brian Cosgrave highlighted the quality of the product, adding: “In April 2020 we took delivery of eighteen brand new gooseneck trailers… We also took delivery of a brand new Van Hool curtainsider.”

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