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Maritime Transport celebrates a decade in distribution

Posted 22nd Feb

One of the UK’s leading providers of integrated supply chain solutions, Maritime Transport Ltd. (Maritime), celebrated its distribution division’s tenth anniversary on Monday 1st February. 

Initially providing container transport solutions from its 136-truck inception, Maritime diversified into the domestic distribution sector on 1st February 2011 with the purchase of 100 curtainsiders, as part of its ongoing strategy to provide complete supply chain coverage to its customer base.

From a standing start, Maritime has developed its distribution division at pace which now forms a key part of the company’s operational model – a major factor in contributing to Maritime’s growth. To date, 16 of Maritime’s 40+ depots host dedicated distribution fleets, with the division now turning over annual revenues of more than £150million. This is all completed through a fleet of 400 vehicles delivering an average of 6,000 customer deliveries per week, 24/7.

Dave Boomer, Maritime’s Chief Executive Officer – Distribution, said: ‘Maritime has become a major player in the UK distribution sector and we are delighted with the year on year growth we have seen. We have established a reputation for delivering a reliable and competitively-priced service and are now the chosen supplier to some of the world’s largest FMCG companies. Our policy of reinvesting our profits and owning our assets has underpinned this growth whilst the customer mix has accelerated the development of our rail offering and inland terminals. Coupled to our established container division, Secondhand Trucks fleet sales arm and freight forwarding division, we have established a business which is diverse, robust, and capable of overcoming all challenges with the flexibility and knowledge base to seize all our opportunities.’

‘Our diverse, national, networked approach sets us apart from other distribution companies in the UK today,’ stated Alex Williams, Managing Director – Distribution at Maritime. ‘We look at customer inbound and outbound supply chains as a single, integral, end-to-end process and utilise our resources to maximise efficiency and to create a benefit for customers. Having cut our teeth in the container market, at the sharp end of the hire and reward sector, we understand the importance of loaded miles to remain profitable, and this focus helps to drive cost out of our customers' supply chains.’

He added: ‘We are incredibly lucky to have such a brilliant workforce of staff and drivers at the forefront of our distribution services, and as we continue to develop our offering, we look forward to supporting our valued customers through their upcoming peaks whilst building on the fantastic relationships we have with them.’