Monday, March 9, 2020

New Rail Line Doubles Capacity for Track Borne Trailer and Container Traffic

UK and Europe to Benefit from Expansion at Major Hub
Shipping News Feature

NETHERLANDS – EUROPE – P&O Ferries has announced the doubling of its rail capacity at Europoort with the launch of a second line into its terminal at the continental hub. The 650-metre long track will complement the company's existing rail line and means that the integrated ferry and logistics company can handle up to four trains of either 36 trailers or 42 x 45 foot containers a day, comprising eight services to and from locations across Europe.

P&O Ferries currently runs 27,000 sailings per year on its eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium utilising over 20 vessels and carrying 2.3 million units of freight annually. Janette Bell, Chief Executive of P&O Ferries, said of this latest move:

"This new rail capacity will help even more of our customers solve their supply chain challenges and make trade flow by utilizing the unrivalled combined assets of P&O Ferries and P&O Ferrymasters. Customers will be able to move goods between Britain and Europe using P&O Ferrymasters rail services and take advantage of our integrated planning, scheduling and transport management systems which solve some of the most pressing challenges in logistics, especially transparency."

"To connect with the UK market, we provide three sailings a week to Teesport and seven sailings a week to Hull, with a commitment to providing customers with the most reliable and cost efficient service possible. This initiative underlines our commitment to growth and going to places where our customers want us to go."

As well as existing routes P&O Ferries and P&O Ferrymasters also plan to expand the rail network into new geographies. The second rail line at Europoort is expected to handle fast moving consumer goods from across Europe as well as automotive parts and products en route to the North East of England.

Now a part of Dubai based DP World the two outfits operate integrated road and rail links to countries across the continent including Italy, Poland, Germany, Spain and Romania, and facilitate the onward movement of goods to Britain from Asian countries via the Silk Road.