Thursday, July 9, 2015

New Rail Freight Offering Claims to be a First for the UK Intermodal Sector

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UK – DB Schenker Rail UK has collaborated with PD Ports in what they say is a completely new offering for the market, in which the two claim is the first time that a rail freight company has partnered directly with a port to serve the intermodal sector in the UK. From Monday 3rd August, DB Schenker Rail UK will run a direct daily service from the PD Ports owned Teesport in Middlesbrough up into Scotland. Les Morris, Head of Sales at DB Schenker Rail UK, said:

“We are delighted to be working with PD Ports on this innovative and dynamic offering to the intermodal market. We have worked closely with PD Ports to bring this service to fruition, which will transport goods directly from Teesport to Scotland. This is an excellent example of how logistics companies can come together to provide bespoke solutions for our customers.”

Running Monday to Friday, DB Schenker Rail will transport containerised traffic to Grangemouth and Mossend. The onward leg to Grangemouth from Mossend has been enabled through close collaboration with Renfrewshire headquartered WH Malcolm. Geoff Lippitt, PD Ports’ Business Development Director, said:

“This new service operated by DB Schenker Rail UK will allow us to further develop Teesport’s connections with Scotland and enhance the Port’s transport infrastructure network to the benefit of shipping lines and intermodal customers. It will also provide daily links to European roll-on/roll-off (Ro/Ro) and load-on/load-off (Lo/Lo) services.

“The recent investment in a dedicated rail terminal at Teesport is part of PD Ports’ wider growth strategy to position the Port as the Northern Gateway for containerised goods destined for the north of the UK. In the last three years we have seen the implementation of a new terminal operating system, the arrival of new RTG cranes and reach stackers as well as significant investment in yard infrastructure.”

PD Port’s wider growth strategy has also seen the owner and operator complete the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Groveport 2012 Limited, a privately owned inland port complex on the River Trent, which handles a mix of bulk cargoes through its 190 acre freehold site.