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Reliability and consistency

FCN connects businesses with effective supply chain options for refrigerated and dry goods distribution among other linehaul services. The latest Schmitz Cargobull B-double set to join the fleet demonstrates impressive fuel and thermal efficiencies.

Terry Cubit has been a part of the road transport industry for almost five decades. He was an operator in Tasmania for 14 years before moving to Brisbane, worked as a tow operator for Frigmobile before moving into its fleet operations division for seven years. From there, Terry joined Garden City Transport in Melbourne for four years as National Fleet Manager until the acquisition by Finemore Transport which then saw him transfer to Brisbane as State Manager Refrigeration. Two years later he served as General Manager at Iceman Refrigeration Repairs before joining QTK Group as Managing Director – a position he held for 10 years until his retirement.
In 2016, Terry formed a management group and started up FCN Logistics Pty Ltd.

FCN’s head office and major warehouse occupy a site at Ormeau with easy access to the Port of Brisbane, major interstate and intrastate road networks and rail terminals. The business provides cross dock services in Sydney and Melbourne, intermodal operations in Townsville and Cairns and container and bulk liquids services to and from Tasmania. FCN also specialises in refrigerated transportation including dry goods and safe food logistics.

“We operate curtainsider, skel and sideloader equipment as well as a tanker fleet and the FCN Refrigerated division, which started with the purchase of a Schmitz Cargobull 34-pallet B-double ‘double loader’ refrigerated trailer combination fitted with a Thermo King SL400 trailer refrigeration unit,” Terry says. “This unit was supplied by Krueger in Melbourne on 15 November 2018 and to date has completed 400,000km with minimal lost time due to breakdown. When we have had an issue, Krueger have responded quickly and efficiently to keep us on the road.”

Terry says the quality of FCN’s first Schmitz Cargbobull reefer, and the willingness of Trevor Cox from Brown & Hurley Yatala to meet the company’s requirements, meant there was no hesitation in purchasing a second Schmitz Cargobull trailer. “The only difference to the specification is that the new van has our preferred BPW Transpec axle and suspension setup. These trailers are in our fleet of four B-double sets running six days a week between Brisbane and Sydney.”

The Schmitz Cargobull trailers during the summer months of 2019-20, according to Terry, excelled with its temperature holding capabilities. “This also showed in the very small fuel usage and economy of the Thermo King refrigeration plants,” he says. “This is an important consideration in our purchase because fuel is a major cost to any transport operation. We are also mindful of this in our prime mover purchases.”

FCN’s first Schmitz Cargobull trailer is fitted with an adjustable double loader bar system whereas the new unit has a removable bar system.“ FCN Logistics also coordinates containerised freight operations, mainly at its Yatala site. Its curtainsider fleet operates across the East Coast of Australia and services other customers where required. The company’s B-double tanker fleet is engaged in the transport of various oils and stock feed variants throughout Queensland and New South Wales. “Thanks to a BPW tour some years ago I had the opportunity to tour the Schmitz Cargobull assembly facility in Europe,” Terry says. “I was very impressed with the factory’s ability to produce a quality van in a short turnaround. This experience helped me to decide on the purchase of the Schmitz Cargobull product.”

Fast Fact

FCN’s operational mantra is reliability and consistency where it aims to always deliver safe and compliant transport and warehousing services for its customers to an agreed standard whilst striking the right balance between the world of digital communication and personal service.

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