Directors Ian and Trevor Barnett explain Barnett Transport’s establishment in 1983. The Ellesmere Port situated company was begun by their father, Barry Barnett who started operating with a single truck. After being made redundant, Barry embarked on his own operation of transporting a variety of commodities on a flatbed trailer, supported by wife Kathleen.
After a few years of consistent work, sons Ian and Trevor joined their father on the road which transitioned the company to being a family-run transport business. Barry met with P&O Roadtanks in 1991 and started pulling P&O’s trailers, transporting various bulk liquids, including oils, acids, food and chemicals by tanker.
After several years and the end of P&O Roadtanks, numerous new customers emerged, spot hire work increased considerably and Barnett Transport bought their first tanker trailer. From there, the fleet steadily grew.
As Barnett Transport became increasingly more successful the need for a larger site increased, which led to the company’s purchase of its current site at Ellesmere Port. Initially home to one portakabin, the site is now fully proficient including on-site garage facilities to maintain its fleet.
Barnett Transport’s natural growth was due to its commitment to providing a high quality service for a competitive rate, this being substantiated in June 2013 when they were awarded a major long-term contract with Electrical Oil Services (a subsidiary of BP and Carless). Rapid expansion quickly followed.
Now with wide-ranging customers, 40% of business transportation is fuels such as gas oil and fuel oil to the shipping industry, 30% is transformer oil to the electrical industry, 20% is Bitumen to the Asphalt industry and the remaining 10% is any other bulk liquids as required on demand.
Currently Barnett Transport runs a fleet of 22 DAF, MAN, Scania and Volvo tractor units and 49 trailers. Each vehicle is fitted with NAVMAN and Haultech technology which provides a tracking system for the company to track each truck and monitor driving skills. By monitoring driving skills, Ian and Trevor have been able to devise monthly targets for the drivers in terms of fuel efficiency and overall driving ability. The tracking systems are also a benefit in case of an accident as it is able to record and identify the driver’s technique at any moment (Contract customers have access to driving performance and current location/history reports).
Excited about the future, Barnett Transport has recently ordered 2 Euro 6 standard trucks, 1 Volvo FH and 1 DAF XF, that are due to join the fleet in March. The performance of both of these vehicles will be closely monitored by both Ian and Trevor, the outcome of which could determine future purchases.
Barnett Transport has a dedicated team of technicians working a two-shift pattern and is able to carry out maintenance on its own fleet thus reducing the need for an external repairman. The garage is now attracting attention from surrounding companies who would like to benefit from its impressive services.
Barnett Transport provides its drivers with a variety of safety, fuel and driving efficiency courses to improve in the efficiency of their driving. In addition to this all of the drivers are fully trained in CPC and ADR and work diligently with several years experience in the industry.
Having a large customer base can create a logistical nightmare; multiple systems and thorough organisation are integral factors for the company. By operating a computer system that records the paper work and vehicle locations Barnett Transport maintains a simple solution for any problem that may arise.
Committed to continuous improvement and already awarded both ISO9001 and ISO14001, Barnett Transport will continue providing the same 24/7 high level of service and customer care that has allowed them to grow since its inception in 1983.
Now with wide-ranging customers, much of our business transportation is fuels such as gas oil and fuel oil to the shipping industry, transformer oil to the electrical industry, Bitumen to the Asphalt industry and any other bulk liquids as required on demand including wax, food, acids and general chemicals.
Thanks to its aforementioned on-site garage Barnett Transport has a dedicated team on technicians working a two-shift pattern and is able to carry out maintenance on its own fleet thus reducing the need for an external repairman. The garage is now attracting attention from surrounding companies who would like to benefit from its impressive services.