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Hines Refrigerated Transport

  • Posted on Wednesday 6th, March 2019
Hines Refrigerated Transport

The Pacific Highway just a few kilometres south of Kempsey, has a crucial advantage – it’s almost midway between Brisbane and Sydney and ideal for the thriving operational base of Hines Refrigerated Transport.

Robert Hines has earned his good reputation and doesn’t really have to chase work as the phone keeps ringing from regular customers. The trucks operate mainly between Brisbane and Sydney on both the Pacific and New England Highways servicing areas such as Tenterfield and Inverell on the inland routes and Coffs Harbour and Forster on the coast.

Hines trucks deliver directly into Newcastle from Brisbane and also provide a regular delivery of seafood from the north coast into the Sydney Fish Markets and throughout the metropolitan area.

The constant supply of freight and careful organisation of the logistics results in the Hines Refrigerated trucks running fully loaded in both directions most of the time.

The variety of products carried by Hines Transport is quite broad and local pickups include fish and oysters from the coast, and eggs and dairy products from the Wauchope area. Pilchards are carried by the pallet and delivered to professional fishermen for trap bait.
“We don’t do much sub-contract work other than an occasional pallet for another carrier,” Robert says. “It’s hard enough doing it when you’re the main contractor let alone working for a lower rate as a sub-contractor.”

A one-man business that started with a five-tonne rigid has grown to now having eight prime movers and trailers, two Fuso rigids plus a handy Mercedes-Benz Sprinter fitted with a refrigerated body.

“It’s easier to have a truck on a service contract and know that you are covered,” Robert says. “We’ve been operating for 22 years and took our first service contract about 10 years ago and ever since I’ve gone that way the business has never looked back.”

Through his local dealer Mavin’s in Kempsey, Robert is a long-term customer of the Daimler Truck brands, from the Sterlings he had a few years ago through to Freightliner Argosy’s, Fuso rigids and the recent additions have been Mercedes Benz Actros models. The latest 530hp high roof Actros is showing valuable benefits in its fuel consumption returning 38 litres per 100 kilometres carrying an average weight of 29 tonnes. This compares well with the earlier 480hp V6s that were averaging 40-41 litres per 100 kilometres performing not dissimilar work.

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