Wincanton distributes aerosol gas for Shell

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Shell Gas has awarded Wincanton a three-year contract to distribute aerosol propellant gas to 28 manufacturing customers throughout the UK.

The contract, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, uses 13 LPG tankers operating at 44 tonnes, in addition to 11 new DAF tractor units, and moves around 900 tonnes of aerosol gas each week.

Some 18 drivers work on the contract to cover the driving shift patterns.

Wincanton worked with Shell to implement a routeing system to include drivers loading, trunking from from the Shell terminal in Fife and delivering from an out-base in Preston as well as introducing a new driver shift rota in order to comply with working time directive guidelines and to meet customers specific delivery windows.

The operation is split into two parts with an overnight trunking operation to Preston where drivers then deliver direct to the customer or to storage tanks at the Stanlow depot.

The second area of the operation is run as a four-day rotating shift system and sees the drivers and vehicles making numerous deliveries, reloading from the Stanlow site, before returning to Scotland.

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