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Isuzu Grafter provides vital ship-to-ship transfer services on Orkney

Orkney-based shipbrokers and stevedores John Jolly has taken delivery of its first-ever Isuzu truck to provide a vital ship stores transfer service as part of a contract with Serco Northlink Ferries.

The Isuzu Grafter joins the transport fleet operating out of Kirkwall.

The 3.5-tonne Grafter joins the company’s transport fleet operating out of Kirkwall and is fitted with a 14ft drop side body and a rear mounted Hiab crane, enabling it to transfer ships stores from ferries arriving from Aberdeen to other ferries including those going onward to Caithness.

Steven Spence, director at the family-run company, said: “When we were looking at replacing one of our existing trucks, we had had some really good comments and feedback about the Isuzu truck range from our local commercial vehicle garage who were then able to put together a very attractive deal for us to acquire our first ever Isuzu.”

Local Kirkwall garage J&W Tait Ltd supplied the Isuzu, in partnership with Isuzu dealer Imperial Commercials in Govan, Glasgow, and will handle the routine servicing of the Isuzu over its working life.

John Jolly anticipates that its inaugural Isuzu will have a working life of about five years on the island and it has already been well received by the John Jolly drivers who have praised its manoeuvrability within the harbour and around the island’s roads.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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