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Humber Express shuttle service launched

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iPort Rail announced the launch of a new rail service- Humber Express Shuttle, connecting the Port of Immingham and iPort Rail with the capacity to move 80 containers per day.

The Humber Express, a partnership between DFDS, one of Europe’s leading ferry and logistics providers and our team at iPort Rail. It is open to businesses across the region and nationwide wanting to make this route part of their supply chains.

Containers will arrive at Immingham by ship from destinations worldwide carrying a wide variety of goods. They will be loaded directly onto the train at the Port before being moved by rail to Doncaster and from there to onwards destinations across the country. At the same time, goods from across the UK can arrive in Doncaster for smooth transit to Immingham and onward to DFDS European network destinations. Services will run in both directions twice a day with capacity for 80 containers every 24 hours.

Announcing the launch of the service, Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, said: “Rail is already a greener alternative for moving goods long distance by road and is being adopted by more businesses to help make their supply chains more sustainable. It also has an important role to play in keeping goods moving while the road haulage industry is under such pressure.

“New approaches and strong strategic partnerships are going to be increasingly important if businesses are going to maximise their potential in the current circumstances. This new service offers businesses a reliable and efficient route to and from the Port of Immingham with the option for customs clearance in Doncaster and seamless onward transit.”

Andrew Byrne, managing director of DFDS in Immingham, said: “The logistics industry is facing one of its largest challenges in a generation. There are additional complexities due to Brexit still impacting on supply chains, and the current shortage of lorry drivers is threatening to undo years of development of efficient just in time operations that rely on supply chains that operate equally as quickly and proficiently.

“With tens of thousands of containers, tank containers and trade vehicles moving in and out of the Port of Immingham every year the fact none of these are moved by rail is something that has long needed addressing. The Humber Express complements the efficient logistics and transport operations which already successfully run out of the Port of Immingham. I am delighted that DFDS and iPort Rail have had the courage and commitment to make it happen.”

Immingham is the fourth biggest port in the UK when measured by the number of units that cross the quayside. In 2020 Immingham and Grimsby handled over 10% of all the units moved in and out of the UK, behind Dover, Felixstowe and London. Whilst Felixstowe and London have regular and essential unitised rail services to and from the port, Immingham has only moved bulk or break-bulk products by rail, until now.

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DCT Gdansk completes the expansion of largest rail-based container terminals

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DCT Gdansk completes the expansion of one of Europe’s largest rail-based container terminals

DCT Gdansk, one of Europe’s largest rail-based container terminals, has completed its rail expansion with an annual rail capacity of 750,000 TEUs. The new investment opens diverse growth opportunities in landlocked markets and provides a more economic and greener alternative for DCT’s customers.

From 618 to 750 metres. From 4 to 7 tracks

The rail terminal expansion which started in 2018 and was completed in 2021, lengthened the tracks from 618 to 750 metres. Additionally, the railway siding was extended from 4 to 7 tracks. Furthermore, fully electrified RMG rail cranes were purchased, and an OCR camera system for recording trains and containers has been put into operation. This has allowed DCT to increase its rail capacity to 750,000 TEUs.

Customers will be able to generate significant cost savings by using the shorter rail route between DCT Gdansk and Central Europe, compared to other ports in Southern or Western Europe. The terminal operator will work with the industry to develop intermodal services to/from Poland’s landlocked neighbouring countries and regions, such as Czechia, Slovakia, Western Ukraine and Belarus.

Green alternative for landlocked markets

“We are directly represented in the Czech and Slovakian markets, which allows our southern neighbours to benefit from DCT’s forwarding capabilities. Through competitive delivery times and large-scale rail connections, we guarantee lower carbon emissions per container compared to other European ports. Our experience and range of operations give inland customers a better, cheaper and greener alternative for moving their goods,” continues Charles Baker.

The opening of the rail terminal expansion is an essential step in the development of DCT. In addition to the expansion, the entry gates to DCT have been fully automated with OCR cameras. Finally, the number of state-of-the-art quay cranes on Terminal 2 have been increased to 8, the storage yard area has been expanded, and additional equipment purchased to service them: 5 electric-Rubber Tyre Gantry yard cranes.

Since becoming operational in 2007, DCT has built two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, with a total annual capacity of 3 million TEUs. DCT was also the first terminal with direct calls from Asia to the Baltic Sea. It is the only Polish and Baltic destination for the largest vessels globally, on routes from China, Korea and other Asian countries.

 

 

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GEODIS inaugurates a new rail link between France and Italy

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A leading player in multimodal transport, the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business is expanding its network in Europe with the introduction of a road-rail solution linking the Paris region with northern Italy.

The line links Noisy-le-Sec in France to Novara in Italy and is intended to offer an alternative to road transport.

On a booked path, GEODIS operates 3 rotations per week i.e. 6 round trips and offers a loading capacity of 240 ITUs1 per week. This represents a saving of up to 75% in greenhouse gas emissions2.

Daniele Bernardi, Managing Director of the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business in Italy, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a road-rail solution to our customers including delivery to or from France, for packaged products as well as liquids or powders; hazardous materials or waste. A single loading unit is used from the sender to the recipient (swap bodies, box containers and tanks). All our container carriers are equipped with GPS beacons to guarantee safety and real-time information.”

Marc Vollet, Director of Operations and Multimodal for the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business, added: “As the French leader in multimodal transport, we continue to develop rail-road solutions in Europe. This new France-Italy route provides our customers with additional capacity for cross-border multimodal transport and it emits three times less CO2 than transport by road.”

This project is part of the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business’ “Green” strategy. It operates more than 100 trains per week on the European network.

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Maersk launches new reefer train service between Algeciras and Marin

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As part of its end-to-end global integrator strategy, A.P. Moller- Maersk launches a new rail service for reefer cargo between its Andalucía hub and Galicia.

1 day and 12 hours is the transit time for the new rail service for reefer cargo that connects Algeciras and Marin. The new service departs from Algeciras port in Cadiz and arrives at Marin port every Friday at midday.

“This new train service is intended to give Galician firms with agility, flexibility, and resiliency.” It facilitates cargo delivery to Galicia ahead of schedule, allowing for weekend deliveries and distribution to final retailers. Furthermore, it helps to reduce environmental effect, which is a hot topic among many customers committed to reducing CO2 emissions.” said Diego Perdones Montero, Maersk Managing Director for South West Europe and the Maghreb.

The carbon footprint of cargo flows is one of the most important topics on the agenda of many enterprises around the world and Maersk is committed to achieving net zero emissions for all its activities by 2040, helping this way customers to fulfil theirs ESG strategies.

“One of the primary benefits of this new service for us is the ability to carry our reefer cargo through rail for the first time.” Rail travel is one of the most environmentally friendly routes of goods transportation and we are glad to have this transportation option thanks to our collaboration with Maersk.” commented Representatives from Grupo Ibérica de Congelados SA.

Maersk is launching this new service with a weekly call from Wednesday to Friday, but it expects to be able to scale the service up in response to rising demand for environmentally friendly transportation modes.

For project coordination, Maersk has relied on the involvement and support from Algeciras port authority, Marin port authority, Ria de Pontevedra, Marin Container Terminal, Temarin -Grupo Pérez Torres and the health ministry regulations.

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