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A winning partnership

  • From the May 2018 issue.
A winning partnership

From the first tanker that joined the business many years ago, to the most recent purchases that have been added to the growing fleet, Emerald Carrying Co. continues to build on its relationship with tanker manufacturer, Marshall Lethlean.

Emerald Carrying was established by Bill and Joan Haylock in 1965 and has grown into a major logistics provider, servicing Queensland.

The business started when Bill began delivering from the railways in Emerald. Though general freight is still an important part of Emerald Carrying, it’s the tanker division that has grown in leaps and bounds.

Emerald Carrying ventured into bulk liquid haulage in 1994, with the purchase of one B-double from Marshall Lethlean to service a new fuel supply contract for an Ampol agent in Emerald.

Fast forward to today, and the fleet has grown to encompass 90 prime movers, with 75 of these used for tanker work – ranging from B-doubles right up to triple road trains.

“The tanker division is now the biggest part of the business. It has grown rapidly due to mine growth and we’ve been moving into more metro work too. We mainly haul fuel to the mines in the Bowen Basin, but also deliver to service stations, doing metro and rural work too,” says Matt Haylock, Fleet Manager at Emerald Carrying and grandson of the company’s founders.

Though much has changed over the years, as a result of continued growth, one thing that has remained a constant is that Emerald Carrying is still family owned and operated, with second and third generation family members taking on leading roles.

Bill and Joan’s son Greg Haylock is the current Managing Director. He was responsible for the company progressing into tanker work, and now his three children work alongside him. Along with Matt, his son Ben works as Assistant Operations Manager and daughter Taylor looks after contracts and administration. And Greg’s nephews are also involved, with Scott Haylock taking care of inductions and compliance for mine work, and Raymond Barrie running the Mackay depot.

“I’ve been around the business all my life and have always loved trucks,” says Matt. “My cousin Raymond and I grew up together. He is a little older than me so when he joined the business, I followed him into it. I started working here 15 years ago, when I was 17, but remember coming here since I was only five or so.”

Emerald Carrying now employs 250 staff and has depots in Gracemere, Emerald, Mackay and Brisbane. The fleet of tankers run out of fuel terminals in Gladstone, Mackay and Townsville, travelling to the mining sites of Central Queensland. A dedicated fleet of triple roadtrains are used for the longer haul journeys to the company’s Western Queensland clients.

Since the purchase of the company’s first tanker, Emerald Carrying has been one of Marshall Lethlean’s many loyal clients. Impressed by the high levels of service and quality of the tankers, Matt says that the vast majority of the tanker fleet at Emerald Carrying has been built by Marshall Lethlean. The latest to join the fleet was a B-double that arrived late last year. The newest arrival is being used to carry diesel from the Gladstone fuel terminal to the mines in Blackwater, in the Central Highlands region of Queensland.

The A-trailer has a capacity of 28,500 litres, with the B trailer able to carry 43,000 litres. 

“We’ve been using Marshall Lethlean for almost 25 years, when my father purchased our first tanker combination. The tankers from Marshall Lethlean are faultless and the service is excellent,” says Matt. “A lot of our drivers actually prefer to run the Marshall Lethlean tankers and our workshops love them too. We’ve been dealing with the company for a long time so our workshop staff know all of the ins and outs of the equipment, and Marshall Lethlean knows our specifications and delivers our tankers exactly how we want them.”

With the tanker fleet constantly increasing in size, Emerald Carrying has purchased another six tanker combinations built by Marshall Lethlean, which are due for delivery in coming months.

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