Super-B efficiency boost

SPONSORED CONTENT: Vantrans founder Jeremy van Hoff talks about the significant efficiency gains for his business through his recent purchase of three Freighter PBS-approved Super-B trailer combinations.



With nearly three decades of experience in wharf cartage, Vantrans Container Transport specialises in bulk movement of empty shipping containers between Melbourne’s container depots and the Port of Melbourne. The Footscray-based company has signed on a number of new clients over recent years and to help support this growth, support their commitments to those clients and to improve efficiency, Vantrans recently purchased three double-configuration Freighter Super-B skeletal combinations from MaxiTRANS.

Vantrans is now able to move twice as many containers in one trip. The new 30-metre skeletal trailers are PBS-approved and designed to meet custom specification, with each new Super-B configuration trailers capable of carrying two 40-foot, or four 20-foot containers.

"It’s a low-margin business and most of the time we work on very tight deadlines, which means efficiency is key," Vantrans founder Jeremy van Hoff says. "Most days, we have over 60 vehicles moving between the port and the depots, therefore we wanted to maximise our vehicle productivity. This led us to invest in double-configuration trailers so we could move twice as many containers in a single trip."

In Australia, MaxiTRANS has produced more PBS combinations than any other trailer manufacturer since the scheme was launched. "It is this experience and expertise that allows our dedicated PBS team to design a unique solution to suit specific freight tasks," MaxiTRANS states. "This means an effective solution that maximises productivity, delivering the best returns for businesses. That is why more customers turn to MaxiTRANS for their transport needs."


And it is this experience and knowledge that drew Vantrans towards MaxiTRANS. "Our research showed that MaxiTRANS not only has the expertise to manufacture custom-tailored solutions for transport businesses, but they are miles ahead of their competitors in terms of delivering PBS-compliant trailers," Jeremy says. "MaxiTRANS gave us the confidence that we could rely on them to get quality products made to our specifications."

"Their engineers know their stuff. They have a confident and switched-on team that was mindful of our design requirements while offering helpful suggestions of their own," Jeremy says.

"Although the process of obtaining PBS approval can be complex and slow, the background knowledge shared by MaxiTRANS helped ease this lengthy process for us," says Jeremy.

In the end, Vantrans was happy with the product. The new trailers look good and the best part is that they are easy to operate, easy to drive and light-weight, which makes life easier for our drivers," he added.

"The design of the lead skel, in regards to the position of the suspension and fifth wheel, was imperative to enable the 30-metre B-double to turn like a 26-metre combination," MaxiTRANS Area Sales Manager Heath Menhennet says. "This allows the operator to manoeuvre the vehicle with ease, accessing any Victorian road within the PBS 2B cubic network"

"One of the main reasons we built these trailers in this design is to have them meet the swept path as a normal B-double even though they are 4-metres longer overall," Heath says. "By achieving this tight turning path the trailers do not need to apply separately for individual routes, which saves a lot of time and money for our customers."

MaxiTRANS understands the competition within the road transport industry. "We wanted to design PBS-compliant trailers to suit Vantrans’ needs while also giving it an opportunity to set itself apart from other businesses and we have done just that," Heath says.

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