Monday, June 24, 2019

New Multimodal Rail Freight Service Will Relieve Northern Route of Road Haulage Pressure

Supply Change Switch to Twice Daily Trains Will Cut Emissions
Shipping News Feature
UK – With the switch from road haulage to rail freight in mind PD Ports and multimodal specialist Containerships now have a new, dedicated service between Teesport and Doncaster in partnership with GB Railfreight. As the Northern UK gateway of Teesport sees tonnages grow annually, this twice-daily rail service will remove 120 daily road movements from the heavily congested UK road network, a journey of 90 miles each way per vehicle.

Cutting CO2 emissions is a major strategic target for Containerships and its customers, in this case IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, which has high expectations for the supply chain’s performance and whose Head of Sustainability, Elisabeth Munck, commented:

“To us delivery accuracy is of key importance. At the same time, we have a very ambitious decarbonising agenda and actively seek to reduce our environmental impact wherever possible. To shift from trucks to trains is one way of reducing the number of shipments and fuel used per shipment.”

Containerships’ confidence in PD Ports’ capability to deliver a reliable service to its end customer was cemented during a four-week trial period this spring. The service carries 56 boxes per day in two trips, outward journey from Doncaster - Darlington - Teesport and returning from Teesport - Yarm - Doncaster. Jari Lepistö, Chief Commercial Officer at Containerships, observed:

“Reliability and sustainability are core values for Containerships and its customers. We were looking for reliable partners to move large amounts of cargo with increased volumes coming from the Baltics in a sustainable way. We needed an effective daily plan to move containers to Doncaster when satisfying one of our major customers, IKEA Transport & Logistics Services’ environmental targets.”

John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight said that the new intermodal service underlines the growing importance of rail freight in meeting the supply chain needs of leading global businesses, offering the certainty and reliability required to support complex supply chains. PD Ports’ Key Accounts and Rail Development Manager, Patti Burt added:

“We’re delighted to be working with one of our longest serving customers, Containerships and GB Railfreight in creating a solution that not only delivers exceptional and reliable service, but which offers considerable economic benefits. During the trial we have proven the concept; the operational capability works at both terminals which is a testament to the fantastic teamwork involved in the whole partnership. We look forward to a strong, ongoing relationship.”