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Robert.Jervis_43227 Jan 11

Maritime Transport drives road safety in 2020

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“I am immensely proud of our driver workforce, and the incredible work they carry out”
Maritime Transport is delighted to have accomplished some of its biggest road safety milestones to date in 2020, including a significant reduction in road-related incidents, and an increase in the number of drivers who achieved top-end telematics grades.

As a result, the company subsequently rewarded over 2,000 drivers in December with a bonus payment in excess of £1,300,000 for their outstanding safety performance, averaging around £600 per driver. Furthermore, 69 drivers across Maritime’s depot network who achieved optimal telematics grades for safe and efficient driving and remained incident-free throughout the year received an additional £1,000 uplift.

Maritime’s safety bonus initiative, now in its eighth consecutive year, was introduced as a means of encouraging its driver workforce to maintain higher levels of safety and compliance on UK roads. Based on vehicle telematics scores, drivers are graded between A - G on their driving performance via a range of key performance indicators, such as fuel efficiency, braking, and acceleration.

99.4% of drivers finished 2020 with A – C grades.

“With a fleet that covers over 130,000,000 miles per annum and 19,500+ weekly moves, the safety of our drivers and other road users is absolutely paramount at Maritime and a key consideration in everything we do,” said John Williams, Maritime’s Group Executive Chairman.

“I am immensely proud of our driver workforce, and the incredible work they carry out each day to help us achieve high levels of safety, particularly during the pandemic, a period which has highlighted the essential work and critical role that drivers play in our nation’s economy and meeting high demand to keep Britain moving. The safety bonus is nothing short of well-deserved and a testament to their hard work.”

Training and development is a key focus area at Maritime, which operates an innovative and engaging driver training programme each year that incorporates the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence. On-road and classroom-based courses are developed in-house utilising knowledge and skills from specialists in various areas across the business. They are led by a number of full-time, fully-qualified driver trainers stationed across each of the company’s depots who provide additional support to thousands of drivers to ensure they are further-equipped to operate as safely as possible on the road.
 
Since its formation in 2001, Maritime Transport has grown tenfold into one of the largest, privately-owned intermodal transport operators in the UK.
 
Initially providing container transport solutions from its 136-truck inception, Maritime has expanded its services over the years to offer complete supply chain coverage, now operating in the domestic distribution sector, rail, warehousing, off dock laden and empty storage, container repairs and freight management.
 
Over 2,000 state-of-the-art, LEZ-compliant vehicles enable Maritime to serve its customer base from a national network of 40+ strategically-placed depots at major ports and rail hubs, including its Birmingham Intermodal Freight Terminal, East Midlands Gateway, Felixstowe, Southampton, London Gateway, Liverpool and Bristol.
 
In 2019, Maritime launched its rail subdivision, ‘Maritime Intermodal’ as part of its ongoing commitment to providing a full end-to-end UK logistics solution to its customer-base. The company currently operates ten daily intermodal services running throughout the UK.
 
More recently, Maritime announced its acquisition of Wincanton Container Logistics. Under the deal, which came into full effect on 17th October 2020, all employees and assets were transferred to Maritime who continues to work with Wincanton plc as a strategic partner supporting a number of Wincanton’s customers’ international supply chains