New 17-truck delivery marks Swift’s Scania half-century


NSW port haulage operator gains significant fleet boost

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Sydney-based wharf cartage firm Swift Transport hails a recent fleet delivery of 17 Scania New Truck Generation (NTG) units.

Swift transports containers that arrive into the port at Sydney throughout NSW and other parts of Australia.

It also specialises in warehouse storage, deliveries via side-loaders, skels, B-doubles and newly acquired A-double sets.

The new Scanias comprise G 450, G 500 and new G 540 examples with Scania’s Euro 6 six-cylinder engines.

The most recent purchase takes its Scania fleet to about 50 in the past four years.

"I have lost count of how many Scanias we have on the fleet," Swift Transport director of international business development Michael Volonakis says.

"Our trucks cart full container loads, running standard trailer deliveries, standard trailer – drop trailer deliveries, side-loader deliveries, B-double transfers to and from wharf as well as to clients.

"Our newest addition are some A-double trailers handling all the wharf –depot–wharf movements."

Volonakis explains the rationale behind the Scania purchases.

"We selected the Scania 450hp prime movers to handle single trailer and some side-loader work and they do it with ease," he says

"The 500hp version is best suited to B-double activities and some side-loaders. They just make life so easy for our drivers.

"Most recently we have added the new 540hp engine versions, and these are used for B-double and A-double work.

"The extra power means the truck handles all our specialised weight criteria work, and performs exactly as expected, that is, perfectly.

"These Scanias really perform in terms of safety, efficiency, reliability: they are second to none in my opinion.

"If trucks had driven, stopped and handled this well back when I was driving, well I would probably still behind the wheel."


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The experience over the past four years with the Swedish brand has also influenced the firm’s fleet choices, Volonakis explains.

"We are a business, so running costs are very important, as well as purchase price, retained value, and of course complete driver satisfaction.

"For our business the predictability of running costs delivered by the Scania Repair and Maintenance contract is a no brainer.

"We also take advantage of the Scania driver training programme and of course finance through Scania Finance Australia. We love package deals, and if you want to sell a package, you must first have a package worth selling."

Scania NSW senior account manager new trucks Kaashief Boonzaier says over the past four years the truckmaker has built a solid business relationship with Swift Transport.

"We understand that Swift values uptime and reliability to better support their clients.

"Our strategic selling process has proven a huge success with their organisation, and Swift currently utilises all the services Scania has to offer, to better assist with their business requirements, from Scania Finance to the Repair and Maintenance contracts."

"We’re not just selling them trucks, but a business ecosystem to help their business run better."

 

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