Friday, November 27, 2020

Major Container Shipping Line Opens Intermodal Rail Freight Link

MSC Aims at Low Carbon Transport Option
Shipping News Feature

UK – As the lines dividing traditional roles in the industry become ever more blurred the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has confirmed the launch of a new rail service connecting the East Midlands and the Port of Liverpool. The deal is another step for the deep sea container companies to expand their interests into other branches of logistics.

The trend is for companies to extend their traditional links in the supply chain and new rail service, which launched last week with the arrival of its first train into the Port of Liverpool, runs five days a week and MSC says it demonstrates its continued commitment and investment to future growth in Liverpool.

The intermodal service is set to improve connectivity and cut road miles for the box carrier’s growing services into the North West. Jonathan Burke, Operations Director at MSC UK said:

“We are very pleased to announce that, together with our partners, we have launched the first daily intermodal rail connection between the Port of Liverpool and the East Midlands. This new service enhances our nationwide port and intermodal network, further strengthening the breadth of our offering to clients whilst helping to reduce carbon emissions.”

Delivering container shipping services to the Port of Liverpool for almost 20 years, this new rail service cements the long-term commitment of MSC to the North West and the strong partnership between MSC and Peel Ports. David Huck, Managing Director Peel Ports commented:

“This is another way in which we are increasing the connectivity of the Port of Liverpool to the rest of the country. The new service will reduce road miles and fuel consumption on the land leg of journeys and remove carbon from the supply chain. A strong and sustainable supply chain is essential, particularly in these uncertain times, and that’s exactly what this new rail service offers.”

These extended services mean the involvement of a variety of companies and MSC UK has worked closely in partnership with rail operator, GB Railfreight, to establish and launch the new service. John Smith, GBRf Managing Director added:

“GBRf prides itself on innovation and commitment to partnership. We are delighted to be working with our customer MSC, Peel Ports and Maritime Transport in delivering a new intermodal service into the Port of Liverpool, one which will see 20,000 lorry journeys off our roads.”

Maritime enters the equation as the operator of the East Midlands Gateway, the cargo handling facility which links the region with Liverpool. John Williams, Executive Chairman at Maritime concluded:

“We are delighted to welcome this new rail service into our terminal at East Midlands Gateway, strengthening our long-established relationship with MSC and further underpinning the commitment that Maritime has made to the Intermodal market. In less than twelve months since its opening, the terminal now receives five daily services connecting the UKs four leading ports.”

MSC UK has confidence that, with customers already showing keen interest in this brand new connection, the service will deliver success for all parties involved.