The 2015 Scottish Environmental Haulier of the Year Reward

Ferguson Transport & Shipping, one of the largest independent transport and distribution companies in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, received a top industry reward
on Friday 7th November for ‘Scotland’s Environmental Haulier of the Year’.

The prestigious Rewards are run by the Scottish Transport News, and the Ceremony was held at Glasgow’s Crown Plaza Hotel.

Based in the west Highlands of Scotland, Ferguson Transport & Shipping has a more challenging task than most reducing our carbon footprint. The roads in the Highlands are very demanding, and in comparison to motorways do not always lead to the best fuel efficiency, no matter how skilled the driver is. To tackle our carbon footprint, we have had to come up with other ideas and solutions, and introducing logistics over road, rail and sea has worked well.

Group Managing Director of Ferguson Transport & Shipping, Alasdair Ferguson, said: “We are delighted to be recognised in this way and receive this very prestigious transport industry reward. This reward is a great credit to our directors and employees in appreciation of their forward thinking, planning and for current and future investments that we are making within the industry.”

L-R: Des Clarke, Comedian, Alasdair Ferguson, Group Managing Director, Derek Howie, Regional Sales Manager, The Cartwright Group and Mary Rhodes, TV Presenter.

Ferguson Transport & Shipping’s Environmental Haulier of Year Reward was based on the following initiatives within:


Euro 6’s

Over the course of 2014, Ferguson Transport & Shipping will add a further 15 new Euro 6’s to our fleet of mainly Volvo HGV vehicles. The decision to purchase new Euro 6 vehicles was swayed by the promise of lower emissions from the trucks and better fuel economy. The new additions will both serve to increase the fleet and also replace older vehicles, ensuring that the company is running a modern fleet of vehicles. The new Euro 6 truck by Volvo operates with the most stringent European emission standards to date.


Tireboss is a Central Tyre Inflation System (CTI) which is fitted to the majority of our dedicated timber crane outfits. The system works by allowing the driver to increase or decrease the pressure of their tyres from within the cab of the vehicle whilst off-road. This allows the driver to ensure their vehicle is travelling at optimum PSI for the conditions of the road, meaning that on steep forestry roads, or in muddy or snowy conditions, the vehicle is able to travel safely and efficiently, reducing wheel spin, and excessive engine revving, which helps avoid unsurfaced roads from developing ruts and potholes.


Idling Shut Off

All of our vehicles are fitted with automatic Idling shut-off systems. If left idling whilst stationary by the driver, the lorry will automatically switch off the engine after four minutes of idling.


All of our vehicles are fitted with Dynafleet or a similar device – a tracking system which allows our teams in the office to monitor almost every part of the vehicle’s performance. As well as tracking locations and monitoring speeds, the system can produce reports on fuel consumption, ad-blue usage, harsh braking, idling, how long the vehicle is automatic than manual etc. This allows our staff to monitor different driver’s driving standards and check emissions and MPG’s for each individual vehicle. Drivers are trained using the Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) courses in order to improve their efficiency whilst driving. Dynafleet tracking also assists with fully utilising the vehicles and reducing empty running miles, by allocating vehicles to the jobs nearest to them for collection or delivery.

Minimising Empty Running

Our efficient traffic office team ensures that our vehicles very rarely travel empty. Along with good contacts, we have a dedicated transport managed team of transport administrators and planners, who focus on return loads for the vehicles, monitoring empty miles and the correct vehicle and trailer for the job.


Since 2000, Ferguson Transport & Shipping have operated vessels on the west coast of Scotland. In recent times, the vessel fleet has grown quickly, and now encompasses six vessels, consisting of five ro-ro workboats and one bulk carrier ship, all fitted with self-discharge cranes. The vessels have taken on work mainly delivering fish feed to fish farms on the west coast of Scotland. Previously, these deliveries would have been carried out by lorries, often having to travel along narrow, single track roads, quite unsuitable for artic vehicles and causing considerable damage to the roads not designed for heavy use. Packaging has also been reduced, by taking pallets out of the system, through top lifting eyes and further planed blowing system, allowing for quality of product delivery and safer operations.


In March 2011, Ferguson Transport & Shipping began rail trials with various products, linking in with WH Malcolm’s Rail Freight Hub in Grangemouth. In 2012 we rolled out our own swapbody equipment and began transporting products, mainly aluminium, by short-haul road transport from Fort William to Grangemouth to meet the train. The goods then travel long-haul by train to the rail freight terminal nearest to their destination, where they are offloaded for a final short-haul journey. This reduces the amount of road miles travelled, and reduces our carbon footprint.

Our future plans and aspirations are to establish a rail freight terminal in Corpach and transport goods by rail from Corpach to the Central Belt and further on for onwards distribution. This will not only cut up to two million road miles from the notoriously bad A82 but also help to reduce our carbon footprint further. There is also the potential to take round wood in by rail as well to the local sawmill, again reducing road miles.

Packaging and Waste

Ferguson Transport & Shipping is actively working with customers and suppliers to reduce the amount of packaging on products that may end up as waste. All paper and cardboard is recycled where possible. To date working closely with our customers and manufacturers, we have managed to alter the design of fish feed bags from 1 tonne to 1.25 tonnes, to ensure that our trailers are filled to weight capacity which helps to reduce the amount of loads required to move the fish feed. As well as this, we eliminated the use of pallets under each feed bag, saving a lot of waste. All of the bags when empty then go for recycling.

Ferguson Transport & Shipping maintain efficiency in all other areas possible, including effective heating systems, oil waste is recycled, filters and batteries within the maintenance facility are recycled, along with all paper and cardboard from both the maintenance facility and Head Office, as well as recycled tyres via recuts and sensor lights in the offices.

Click here to read about when we won Scottish Haulier of the Year in 2005.


If you are interested in more information about Ferguson Transport & Shipping or our 2015 Scottish Transport News Reward for ‘Scotland’s Environmental Haulier of the Year’, please contact 01397 773 840 or

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