Thursday, August 20, 2009

Irish Rail Freight Container Service back on Track

Commercial Traffic makes a return to Dublin Port
Shipping News Feature

IRELAND – A new Iarnród Éireann service between County Mayo and the Port of Dublin commences this week offering freight customers the ability to transfer goods between Ballina and the Capital.

International Warehousing and Transport Ltd., the innovative Irish/Dutch transport group, have employed the Irish rail carriers to run a twice weekly service on the line.

Ballina is home to the giant Coca-Cola plant and the initial cargo will consist mainly of concentrate for onward carriage to Australia, India, Japan, Turkey and Mexico where it is rehydrated.

The trains will consist of 18 flatbed trucks each bearing a single 40 foot container and will result in a reduction in road traffic of anything up to 4000 artics. Many vehicles currently run back empty from the port. The containers will carry up to 35 tonnes each of net product. IWT have plans to expand the service and have stated they envisage a carbon saving of “up to 2750 tonnes of CO2 per annum”.

Despite recent lack of use by traditional freight traffic the Dublin Port Company have maintained rail facilities as half a million tonnes of ore transit the port annually from the mines in County Meath.