Crossmoor buys 30 MAN Trucks

With its existing fleet of heavy-duty trucks comprising 300 premium-class German truck-tractors, Pinetown-based CTP has procured 30 new MAN TGS WW 26.440 prime-movers to service its tanker division.

Established in 1979 as a ‘one man’ operation by Mr P Naicker, Crossmoor Transport & Plant (CTP) has grown to become one of South Africa’s leading trucking companies, servicing a wide range of applications including longhaul transport of bulk liquids, side-tipper haulage, waste removal and abnormal load transport.

“Our truck fleet is made up predominantly of Mercedes-Benz Actros models but includes 50 MAN TGA derivatives which have served us well since 2006. We heard good market reports about the excellent fuel efficiency of the MAN TGS WW after it was launched in South Africa in 2010 and procured five new MAN TGS WW 26.440s in 2011 from MAN’s Pinetown dealership as part of our three-year fleet replacement cycle. This proved a fortuitous move - the TGS WW 26.440 is setting new fuel consumption benchmarks for our fleet,” says Inderan Naicker, Director, CTP Bulk Division.

Consistently rising diesel prices have now made fuel expenses the number-one operating cost for professional transporters (surpassing payroll) and thus, every effort is required by both truck suppliers and operators to introduce new equipment to help reduce fuel consumption.

“The professional truck transport industry is extremely margin-sensitive and even the smallest amount of fuel saved can have a huge impact on operator success in securing new business. There is also a growing imperative to reduce the carbon footprint of truck fleets and because CO2 emissions are directly related to fuel consumption, the extremely fuel-efficient MAN TGS WW 26.440 will also help contribute to CTP’s environmental protection efforts,” explains Bruce Dickson, Deputy CEO, MAN Truck & Bus SA.

Earmarked to transport bulk fuels, chemicals, bitumen and engine lubricants for large clients including Sappi, Mondi, Engen and Shell, CTP’s MAN TGS tanker rigs will travel an average distance of 12000km per month (per unit), transporting a 36-ton payload between Durban and Gauteng and as far afield as Cape Town, Zambia and Botswana.

“While traditional longhaul operations often opt for maximum horsepower to overcome the challenges posed by pulling a heavy load over hilly terrain, the driveline on the TGS WW 26.440 has gear ratios optimised for southern African road conditions, which is proving most successful in getting the most out of the 12.5litre engine.” explains Dickson. “With 440-horsepower under the hood delivering 2100Nm of torque between 1200-1450rpm, the TGS WW 26.440 strikes the perfect balance between power and fuel economy.”

With the expertise of MAN’s Driver Training Team ensuring CTP’s drivers are fully conversant with the various fuel-saving and safety features on the TGS WW 26.440, the five currently deployed units in the CTP fleet are registering fuel consumption figures between 2 to 2.2 litres per kilometre, “an improvement on other vehicles in the fleet of between 15-20%,” says Naicker.

“As a transporter of Dangerous Goods for multinational corporations, CTP must comply with stringent safety codes and the TGS WW has all the right technologies to make it one of the safest trucks on the road anywhere in the world, including ABS, ESP, ASR, hill-start assist and cruise control. Driver fatigue is always a concern for longhaul operators but our drivers are really impressed with the comfort and roominess of the TGS WW sleeper cab and find the effortless MAN TipMatic transmission a real energy-saver,” says Naicker.

To ensure lowest possible total-cost-of-ownership on the new TGS fleet, CTP and MAN Pinetown have compiled a manufacturer’s warranty and service contract that is unprecedented in the extra-heavy truck category, says Dickson. “We’ve bolted onto the standard four-year/600 000km MAN TGS WW warranty a three-year/450 000km bumper-to-bumper service contract with a fixed CPK rate that is almost 50% lower than the industry norm. We’re able to offer this low servicing rate because we’ve done our homework on the TGS WW, perfecting its driveline, electronics and cooling system for local conditions which significantly improves component longevity.”

In conclusion, Naicker states: “our new MAN’s come with a preferential trade-back agreement which, coupled with the warranty and service contract which covers the entire lifecycle of the vehicle in the CTP fleet, we’re looking forward to the greater cost-predictability, productivity and peace-of-mind these fixed costs, and the trucks themselves, will bring to our operation.”