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Cross-Solent transport deal

[ October 3, 2012   //   ]

Meachers Global Logistics has signed a strategic partnership with fellow Hampshire company Steve Porter Transport Group for freight to and from the Isle of Wight via Southampton. Meachers will trunk Steve Porter’s overnight groupage loads from the island to distribution centres at Northampton and Coventry, using mainly Red Funnel Ferries’ Southampton to East Cowes crossing. Steve Porter acquired the ferry operator’s distribution division in 2011 and is the ferry operators preferred freight partner, operating a bespoke cross-Solent drop- trailer operation.

Meachers has already started recruiting new drivers for the first wave of trunking, whilst Steve Porter Transport Group has placed orders for a new trailer fleet, which will be delivered by the spring of 2013.

Meachers’ managing director, Stuart Terris, said: “We will be looking to promote the commercial advantages to supermarkets, retailers and organisations currently moving significant volumes of cross-Solent freight.”

Picture caption: (from left) Stuart Terris, MD of Meachers; Gary Whittle, commercial director
at Meachers; Steve Porter, chairman of Steve Porter Transport; Malcolm Gibson, MD of Steve
Porter Transport; Lee Hudson, revenue and freight director at Red Funnel; and James Fulford
chief executive of Red Funnel Ferries.




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