Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Intermodal Business Sees New Locomotive Unveiled at Site of Deep Water Port

Five Day a Week Container Service from London Gateway for Yorkshire
Shipping News Feature
UK – DP World's Thames side deep water port of London Gateway was the scene this week for the naming of the new Class 66 locomotive Made in Sheffield which will run from the port to the Rotherham terminal of Newell & Wright. The dedicated ceremony saw the unveiling of the new addition by John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight as the two transport groups celebrated.

GBRf ran its first service to the Newell & Wright terminal in Rotherham from the Port of Felixstowe in 2017, with Newell & Wright Transport contracting 50% of the freight capacity. Last year, GBRf added a five days per week service carrying containers from Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) vessels for Newell & Wright between London Gateway and the Rotherham terminal.

Newell & Wright, which operates a bulk cargo handling, heavy lift and container loading/unloading business says the Rotherham terminal is now becoming a key strategic hub for end users with Frank Newell, Managing Director, adding:

“It is fantastic to have a locomotive named after our Sheffield roots. The service GBRf provides into our terminal in Rotherham offers Yorkshire a reliable, seamless rail service which is an integral part of the supply chain.”

The unveiling ceremony was joined by local dignitary Cllr Piccolo, the Mayor of Thurrock and John Smith, Managing Director of GBRf, said:

“We are delighted to unveil our Made in Sheffield locomotive, which celebrates the success of our shared services into the Newell & Wright Rotherham terminal. The container market is an important source of growth for the industry and we are proud to be delivering a reliable service that also helps the UK cut carbon emissions and improve air quality. Made in Sheffield’ signifies the close working relationship we have with Newell & Wright and is an important part of the operations we run across the UK.”