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BARRATLANTIC Limited is officially both the most remote and northernmost customer in the UK for Scania & Scania Finance. 

And Donald Maclean, managing director of Barratlantic, who has taken delivery of a new Scania S500 6X2/4 on contract hire, is a very satisfied customer.

Donald says: “For us the reliability is very good with Scania, from day one when we bought our first Scania in 1994. This is our fourth or fifth new one and our driver won’t have anything else!

“Scania Finance is very easy to use, backed up by Stuart Leitch of Scania Scotland who is able to meet us on the mainland and complete the deal face to face. We are very satisfied all round .”

A haulage company specialising in fresh fish and shellfish processing, but hauling anything “from a needle to an anchor” as Donald says, it is based on the Isle of Barra, the southernmost inhabited island of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.

The company with more than 35 employees has an annual turnover of more than £7 million.

The main task of the state-of-the-art modern fleet of temperature-controlled vehicles, both rigid and articulated, with Gray & Adams refrigerated containers, is to deliver all kinds of fresh fish and seafood, mainly langoustines and diver-caught king scallops, to Glasgow.

During the summer it is an epic daily delivery, with drops and collections on route too, three times a week in winter.

The journey starts from the Barratlantic works just 150 yards from the dockside on Barra, where the company has three fishing boats of its own, with the ferry sailing for five hours the 95 miles down the Sound of Mull to Oban.

Then there’s a 90-mile road trip to Glasgow from where the fish and seafood go on across the UK to the continent, Ireland and beyond. Barratlantic also supplies the fresh fish to the ferry company’s fleet.

After a night stop the driver returns with deliveries for the island’s Co-operative store and anything else needed for island life, like a three-piece suite – or those needles and anchors.

Donald says: “We find that being so remote, with hardly any mobile or phone signal, that when we do get to the mainland we are able to meet people and get deals done easier, which is where Stuart and Scania Finance come in.”

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