Bute-based haulier John Mackirdy has taken delivery of a new Carrier Transicold Vector HE 19 MT multi-temperature refrigeration unit as part of wider plans to increase fleet efficiency and improve business sustainability.

The new 13.6-metre double deck, which is mounted to the company’s first ever double-deck trailer, is manufactured by Gray & Adams.

It joins John Mackirdy’s 10-strong mixed commercial vehicle fleet, which includes two standard refrigerated trailers mounted with Vector 1950 MT units and one 12-tonne rigid with a Carrier Transicold Supra 450 unit.

MD John Mackirdy said: “All of our refrigerated vehicles are Carrier-cooled; when it comes to new trailers, we always specify the latest Vector, and they’ve never let us down.

“As a business, we’re now looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint and future proof our fleet; the new double deck will play a major role in this. We’ll be able to combine substantial fuel savings from the Vector with almost double the load space, meaning we make far fewer journeys.”

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The unit also offers a 10% saving in weight and cuts noise by 50%. The system also delivers up to 15% savings on maintenance costs.

The fully hermetic scroll compressor and economiser helps increase refrigeration capacity during pull-down by 40%, while cutting the chance of refrigerant escape by 50%. When plugged into the electrical grid on standby, the Vector HE 19 MT is also 19% more efficient, meaning it delivers reduced diesel, maintenance and electricity bills.

“The list of benefits we get from the new Vector HE 19 MT are fantastic. Not only do they help us deliver on the environmental front, but they also drive down operating and running costs – which in the current climate is extremely important,” said Mackirdy.

John Mackirdy has also opted for Carrier Transicold’s advanced telematics package for the first time. Using two-way communication, the system offers the ability to remotely alter set points or operation modes, as well as initiate defrosts, pre-trip checks, and clear alarms from any connected device.

The new Vector HE 19 MT also features Carrier Transicold’s DataCOLD 600 temperature recorder, which provides easy access to a wealth of information on unit performance.

The new unit is also covered by everCOLD, Carrier Transicold’s fixed cost, full-service maintenance package that includes annual temperature control testing and certification, full regulatory checks and access to Carrier Transicold’s oneCALL 24/7 incident management service.

The new trailer, which is expected to stay in operation for 10 years, will primarily be used for the distribution of food products from a local producer into mainland Scotland.