Thursday, May 25, 2017

MSC Renews Intermodal Contract with Rail Freight Operator

Three Year Extension Granted
Shipping News Feature
UK – Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has awarded GB Railfreight (GBRf) a three-year contract extension of their intermodal freight agreement running container services out of the Port of Felixstowe. Building on their 15 year relationship, this new contract will see GBRf running 98 rail platforms daily. Dan Everitt, Managing Director of MSC UK, said:

“MSC is delighted to be extending our contract with GB Railfreight as we enter our 15th year of working together. Rail is an integral part of our supply chain enabling us to move our customers’ containers closer to their final destination, while offering a reduction in CO2 emissions. Our decision to extend the contract for an additional three years is testament to our long-standing successful partnership with GB Railfreight that in turn allows us to deliver a reliable, seamless rail service to our customers.”

Through 2015, GBRf and MSC worked towards running the longest Intermodal train on the network at 610 metres long. TEU capacity was increased by 52 on a round trip basis, removing an estimated 26,208 lorry movements per annum. GBRf currently runs three daily services for MSC UK, one to Newell and Wright in Rotherham, and two to ABP Connect in Hams Hall in the West Midlands. John Smith, Managing Director of GBRf, commented:

“GB Railfreight welcomes the extension of our contract with MSC, and I am proud we get to continue playing such a significant role in supporting the Port of Felixstowe. The container market is an important source of growth for the industry, and it’s vital that we provide the terminal and network infrastructure that allows us to meet present and future consumer demand.”

Picture: John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, and Dan Everitt, Managing Director of Mediterranean Shipping Company UK.