Case Study : The Real McKay

The Carrier Transicold Solution

Scottish haulier The Real McKay specialises in transporting fresh fish across the UK and into Europe. Operating from its base in Banffshire, the haulier has established itself as an expert in transporting temperaturecritical goods.

Each trailer in The Real McKay’s fleet is used intensively, seven days a week. Annually the haulier’s vehicles typically cover 150,000 kilometres and remain on the fleet for a decade before being replaced.


Looking to scale up its operations, The Real McKay called on Carrier Transicold’s expertise to help specify the right refrigeration system for six new trailers, adding to its existing fleet of 33 Carrier Transicold-cooled reefers.

Upgrading from the previous generation Maxima™ range, The Real McKay took delivery of six Vector™ 1350 mono temperature units mounted to tri-axle Gray & Adams trailers.

The Vector 1350 is the lightest trailer refrigeration system in the Vector range and is built to offer the maximum payload capacity through its compact design. With Vector 1350 units in its fleet, The Real McKay can carry greater payloads, increasing profitability while being able to maintain a temperature of +/- 0.8 degrees of the set point.

“The Vector 1350’s lightweight design is ideal for operators where payload is critical. It offers the perfect blend of reliability and fuel efficiency.”

The Results

Each Vector 1350 system is powered by a highly efficient 1.1-litre engine, which is up to 30 per cent more fuel efficient, and holds approximately 27 per cent less refrigerant than the previous Maxima unit, thanks to its advanced microchannel condenser coil.

“The Real McKay operates a 100 per cent Carrier Transicold fleet and we’re delighted that tradition has been upheld with this latest delivery,” said James Bell, national key account manager, Carrier Transicold.

“Weighing around 643 kilograms, the Vector 1350’s lightweight design is ideal for operators where payload is critical. It offers the perfect blend of reliability and fuel efficiency – attributes which make it an attractive choice for busy fleets.”

The new units operate at a reduced noise level of just 69 decibels, making each delivery quieter and providing greater comfort for the haulier’s drivers.