Monday, February 7, 2011

Stobart Freight Group Spreads Its Wings

Good News For New Business Sector and Modernisation of Existing Equipment
Shipping News Feature

UK – Cumbria headquartered Eddie Stobart made a conscious decision some time ago to expand its traditional road freight haulage operations and encompass new challenges in the transport sector including the development of Stobart Rail and even venturing into the passenger market with the acquisition of Southend and Carlisle Airports and last year venturing into the biomass production market.

Last week the company received a boost when objections to lengthening the runway at Southend were rejected enabling the company to press ahead with introducing more passenger services served in part by the new rail station and hotel developments. Irish carriers Aer Arann will launch daily passenger services to and from Waterford and Galway from the 27th March.

True to their roots however Stobart acquired James Irlam Logistics in 2008 and now have replaced a substantial part of the old fleet with an order for 225 new Schmitz Cargobull fixed roof curtainside trailers. Schmitz Cargobull launched its new fixed roof curtainsider trailer in December 2009. The new model, which will be built at the company’s German Plant in Altenberge, has been designed to be more robust, lighter and easier to use than existing fixed roof vehicles.

The company worked closely with Eddie Stobart’s Fleet Engineer Stuart Smith to introduce a number of small but significant modifications to the trailers in order for them to meet the day- to-day demands of the Stobart Group network. The Stobart trailer fleet numbers around 3,000 and the latest additions join the 280 or so ambient temperature and refrigerated Schmitz Cargobull trailers it has purchased over the past two years.