GB Railfreight and MSC extend their successful multimodal partnership

GB Railfreight (GBRf) has announced it has won a three-year contract extension with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), running container services out of the Port of Felixstowe.

GBRf first began their relationship with MSC in 2002, as the first and only remaining customer of the Port of Felixstowe who contracts dedicated whole trains. GBRf run three services daily, one to Newell and Wright in Rotherham, and two to ABP Connect in Hamshall.

Through 2015, GBRf and MSC worked towards running the longest Intermodal train on the network at 610m long. TEU capacity was increased by 52 on a round trip basis, removing an estimated 26208 lorry movements per annum.

The new contract with MSC is for three years and under the new contract, GBRf will be running 98 rail platforms daily, with a mix of 60’ FEA wagons and 40’ friendly ECOfret triples.

John Smith, Managing Director of GBRf, said:

“GB Railfreight welcomes the extension of our contract with MSC, and I am proud we get to continue playing such a significant role in supporting the Port of Felixstowe.

“The container market is an important source of growth for the industry, and it’s vital that we provide the terminal and network infrastructure that allows us to meet present and future consumer demand.”

Dan Everitt, Managing Director of MSC UK, commented:

“MSC is delighted to be extending our contract with GB Railfreight as we enter our 15thyear of working together.

“Rail is an integral part of our supply chain enabling us to move our customers’ containers closer to their final destination, while offering a reduction in CO2 emissions.

“Our decision to extend the contract for an additional three years is testament to our long-standing successful partnership with GB Railfreight that in turn allows us to deliver a reliable, seamless rail service to our customers.”

Separately, GBRf has promoted Duncan Clark to strategic development director. At the same time Lee Armstrong is returning to GBRf as Commercial Director.

Clark will oversee the creation and implementation of innovative strategies to deliver long term, sustainable results for the company. He joined GBRf in 2015 as head of strategic development, after a twelve-month period as programme director in the Digital Railway.

Armstrong has over 30 years’ experience in the rail sector and first joined GBRf back in 2013 as programme manager ERTMS. He worked on strategic planning and business management, before taking a year out to travel.

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