Thursday, January 12, 2012

Upsurge of Intermodal Freight as Container Shipping Giant Agrees New Rail Contract

Freightliner to Handle Increased MSC Traffic
Shipping News Feature

UK – Following the relocation of their services to the newly commissioned berths 8 and 9 at the Port of Felixstowe, Mediterranean Shipping (MSC) has contracted its increased container movements by rail to the North West of England with Freightliner Ltd. Freightliner claim the increase in traffic volume will result in six thousand truck movements from UK roads each year by expanding the existing agreement between the two companies with 30,000 containers per annum using the intermodal services. Kelvin Wilden, Operations Director, MSC (UK) Ltd commented:

“MSC (UK) Ltd is delighted to have renewed its North West contract with Freightliner that has proven to be so successful over the last five years. We have a long standing relationship with Freightliner supporting a number of services on a daily basis. Reliability and flexibility are a prerequisite of all our rail service providers and need to be proven before awarding any new contract.

“MSC is committed to supporting its rail product demonstrated by running some of the best utilised intermodal trains in and out of the Port of Felixstowe. Freightliner as an existing service provider remains well placed to help us maintain this commitment now and into the future.”

Adam Cunliffe, Managing Director, Freightliner Limited said:

“We are delighted to have renewed our North West service with MSC and look forward to further developing this key rail route from the Port of Felixstowe with MSC. The contract helps to support the additional capacity that MSC is providing through the new berth 8 and 9 at Felixstowe that are able to support the new generation 14,000 TEU container ships.

“In addition, it is intended that the service will be hauled by Freightliner’s new PowerHaul locomotives which uniquely combines longer trains enabling increases in container volumes with resultant reduced CO2 emissions”

Photo: A view over the Port of Felixstowe showing no signs of a slowdown of trade.