DFDS orders forty new hi-spec SDC Curtainsider trailers

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Following the acquisition of logistics solutions provider Lucey Transport last year DFDS, the Danish based company, has added to its fleet with the purchases of 40 brand-new SDC Curtainsider trailers. This investment reflects the operator’s commitment to providing services to customers in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The order is made up of 40 Tri axle curtainsider trailers with a custom specification including BPW Airlite axles, steel reinforced flooring, 13 pair deck lashing rings, alloy infill sideguards, rear buffers, fuel max tyres and an easy access coupling box. The trailers are equipped with advanced safety features, including electronic braking, a roll stability system and state-of-the-art LED lighting systems, which enhance visibility and minimise the risk of accidents. By investing in these trailers, DFDS will ensure the utmost protection for both its valuable cargo and the drivers who operate them.

The trailers are finished in the DFDS’s distinctive navy blue and white livery. Built at SDC Trailers Toomebridge production facility to EN1262-XL quality standard, the equipment features SDC’s unique bolt-on-body design, which relieves stress on critical parts of the trailer and allows for ease of repair in the case of accident damage.

The trailers are also kitted with an advanced telematics system that provides real-time monitoring of vital data such as temperature, location, and security, ensuring the integrity and safety of transported goods, while ensuring optimal efficiency and sustainability across the network.

John Coleman, Managing Director of DFDS in Ireland & Northern Ireland said: “Following the acquisition of Lucey Transport, DFDS have kept our commitment to expand our Irish domestic offering to customers, in line with our extensive international operations. As one of the largest logistics operators in Northern Europe, safety, fuel economy, maintenance and total cost of ownership are key factors that influence our fleet purchasing decisions and we are confident that our new fleet of semi-trailers from SDC will meet these requirements. With this latest investment, we are well-equipped to handle the evolving demands of our customers.”

SDC Trailer’s Sales Manager, Jimmy McKernan added: “At SDC, we value the partnership we have built with DFDS, we’re thrilled to be chosen as their preferred semi-trailer supplier for this order and look forward to supporting their growth and success in the future. This order marks a significant milestone in our relationship, and we are confident that the new tri-axle curtainsiders will not only meet but exceed DFDS’s requirements in terms of durability, versatility, and efficiency.”

DFDS offers vital infrastructure and transport solutions across Europe and Turkey in an increasingly disruptive transportation and logistics market. They keep Europe moving through a wide range of freight services from ferry transport to complex logistics solutions across temperature ranges, along with hosting around 5 million passengers annually onboard their vessels.

Founded in 1866 and with 11,500 employees, €3.6bn in revenue and upwards of 70 logistics locations connected by ferry routes and logistics solutions, they are one of Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics service providers.