Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Joint Venture Rail Group Begins a New Age of Rail Freight by Ferry

Speedier Service Links US and Mexico
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US – MEXICO – CG Railway, LLC (CGR), a joint venture between Genesee & Wyoming Inc. and SEACOR Holdings Inc., has stated its new, state-of-the-art rail ferry, the Cherokee, has completed its maiden roundtrip voyage claiming record results for transportation speed and railcar volumes.

The Cherokee departed the Port of Mobile in Alabama hauling 122 railcars and arrived at the Port of Coatzacoalcos in Veracruz, Mexico, three days later. The vessel began its return trip from Coatzacoalcos carrying 130 railcars on board before successfully docking at Mobile. Todd Biscan, CGR vice president of sales and marketing, commented:

“We are extremely pleased with the Cherokee’s performance during its maiden voyage. The rail ferry transported more than 22,500 tons of diverse commodities, including chemicals, plastics, pulp and paper, agricultural products and food. CGR is excited to enhance service quality to customers and safely move railcars from the US to Southern Mexico in three days with customs cleared en route.”

CGR also took delivery of an identical second new rail ferry, the Mayan, on September 22, 2021, which is expected to enter into service in December and replace CGR’s existing vessel, the Banda Sea Until then, that vessel will continue to operate alongside the Cherokee to provide steady service to customers. CGR President Hoffman Lijeron, observed:

“Offering greater capacity and more sailings per week between the Southeast US and Mexico, CGR service is better than ever. In addition, both the Cherokee and Mayan will generate lower CO2 emissions than land alternatives and our legacy ferries. These collective benefits provide a long-term, sustainable supply chain solution for existing and prospective customers.”

Established in 2000, CG Railway operates as a US Class III freight railroad that currently transports approximately 10,000 carloads of diversified commodities annually across the Gulf of Mexico, with long-term agreements to operate purpose-built rail-ferry terminals in the ports of Mobile, Alabama, and Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz in Mexico.