No.1 Seaport in Malaysia, Westports is located in Port Klang and is one of the three main ports in the straits of Malacca, serving as the main gateway for container and conventional cargo for central Peninsular Malaysia hinterland.
Transporting thousands of employees to the port site on a daily basis, Westports has built their own fleet since 2015. Since then, they have awarded Volvo tenders of 6 Volvo B7R Buses and another 2 Volvo B7R’s in 2016. Now, the newly delivered B8R coaches will further enlarge the company’s fleet of Volvo buses.
“We are extremely honoured to be awarded this tender by Westports. Safety Awareness is one of Westport’s core values; it plays an integral part in the sustainable growth of business success and leads to an increase in productivity. For Volvo Buses, Safety is in our DNA. Volvo Buses Malaysia is proud to partner with Westports to provide premium coaches to transport the company staff safely and smoothly to the port every day.” says Mats Nilsson, Director of Volvo Buses Region Asia Pacific Central.
The 12 meter coaches are built on Euro 3 Volvo B8R chassis’, bodied by Malaysian based bodybuilder, Truckquip Sdn Bhd. Manufactured in Sweden, the chassis comes with the industry known fuel-efficient D8A engine with 330hp - designed to optimise overall operating costs.
These coaches are also equipped with enhanced safety systems, such as; the Volvo electronic braking system with disc brakes and ESP (Electronic Stability Program) - to provide high level braking efficiency, safety and comfort for both the drivers and passengers. Volvo Telematics and I-Coaching are also part of the offering to help improve driving behaviour and provide immediate feedback to drivers and the operator.
Upon delivery of the vehicles, Volvo Buses Malaysia organised a full day of driver training for selected drivers, covering both theoretical and practical knowledge. “Drivers play an essential role to ensure our buses perform to their full potential. It is therefore important to support drivers and equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to operate Volvo buses which further enhances uptime and efficiency of the vehicles,” said Santhanasamy Mahadevan, Country Manager of Volvo Buses Malaysia.
Since July 2020, these 2 units have been on the road in full operation with the local Volvo Buses dealer engaged and committed to provide support whenever and wherever needed.
Volvo Buses would like to thank Westports for the long standing support and trust in the Volvo product.