Shetland Transport rides the waves with Gray & Adams 09 July 2012

Shetland Transport has taken delivery of its latest batch of temperature-controlled Gray & Adams trailers, all incorporating special measures and uprated componentry designed to increase rigidity for rough sea transport.

Every day, up to a dozen of the operator's trailers make the 12-hour, overnight crossing to and from Aberdeen, or between the Orkneys and the mainland, a journey that typically takes up to eight hours.

"You can get rough seas in the English Channel too, but the problem up here is the distances involved, the length of the journeys and the prolonged periods of stresses and strains on our trailers," explains Hamish Balfour, founder and managing director of Shetland Transport.

"The strengthening measures that Gray & Adams builds into its ferry specification trailers mean we no longer have to worry. We've worked closely with the manufacturer as it has refined the design over the years, so that our latest trailers are the best yet," he explains.

Underlining that point, the Shetland Transport fleet is dominated by ferry-specification, temperature-controlled 13.6m trailers, manufactured by Gray & Adams – the latest being fitted with ThermoKing refrigeration units – and some are still operational at 20 years old.

"There's absolutely nothing wrong with them. Gray & Adams provide a first class aftercare service, supporting us with a rolling programme of refurbishment and accident damage repair, so the trailers always look nice and fresh."

John Challen

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