Custom-built Eurocargo truck on course for Europe 07 November 2011

Plymouth-based South West Boat Transport has taken delivery of a custom-built, hi-spec Iveco Eurocargo 230E25T/P artic.

The truck has been purpose-designed for transporting boats, up to 39ft long and weighing as much as 15 tonnes, across the UK and throughout mainland Europe.

This truck delivery marks the first Eurocargo artic to be used for long-distance transport, with the vehicle expected to operate from the UK to destinations as far afield as Scandinavia and Greece.

The artic was converted by North East Truck & Van's Billingham-based engineering division.

NETV pioneered the Eurocargo artic in conjunction with Iveco in 2003. The truck has since proven popular with breweries using ultra-low deck trailers for urban deliveries.

This example features a high roof sleeper cab with twin bunks, air-conditioning, night heater, electric roof hatch, sun visor, remote central locking, heated/electrically adjustable mirrors and air-suspended and heated driver and passenger seats.

"Boat transportation is a specialist business and a lot of planning went into getting the specification right," says Michael Whelan, owner of South West Boat Transport.

"We considered a number of different vehicles for the role, but the Iveco Eurocargo ticked all of the boxes and its chassis offers the best flexibility for tractor unit conversion," he explains.

Power is provided by a 5.9-litre Tector engine, which is capable of producing 251bhp at 2,700rpm and up to 850Nm of torque between 1,250 and 2,100 rev/min.

Brian Tinham

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