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Robert.Jervis_43227 Mar 15

Maritime, DB Cargo & Port of Felixstowe announce new service

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Maritime’s fifth to operate from the port
Following the recent launch of its Felixstowe to Wakefield service, Maritime Transport has announced another new addition to its expanding intermodal offering, a rail freight service operated by DB Cargo UK connecting the Port of Felixstowe to East Midlands Gateway (EMG).

The new service, Maritime’s fifth to operate from the Port of Felixstowe, will commence on Monday 15th March and run five days a week from Tuesday to Saturday, bringing the company’s total TEU availability per week to 8,000.

John Bailey, Managing Director – Intermodal and Terminals at Maritime:

“Increasing our capacity and logistics efficiency for our customers whilst reducing the need for our HGVs to travel millions of miles each year has always been a vital part of our strategy. Our latest intermodal service has been introduced following high demand at Felixstowe and EMG, and really underpins both Maritime’s and DB Cargo UK’s drive to offer more reliability and greater choice to the market.”

Six intermodal services now operate in and out of Maritime’s 17-acre EMG terminal daily, connecting the East Midlands region with Felixstowe, London Gateway, Southampton, and Liverpool. To service its growing customer base and unprecedented demand for rail, Maritime has expanded its operational team on site, from three employees in April 2019 to now ten employees in total, led by Rail Development Manager, James Tierney.

Andrea Rossi, Chief Executive at DB Cargo UK:

“This new service, which once again brings together two of the largest and most successful freight companies in the UK, is a testament to the successful partnership we have forged with Maritime, and reinforces our commitment to keeping the nation on track during these challenging times. We look forward to maintaining our close alliance as the industry focuses on modal shift, while delivering sustainable solutions and innovation to our customers.”

Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe:

“The ability to move goods to or from ports by rail is an important differentiator for traders and this second new rail service in seven days further extends the Port of Felixstowe’s lead in this field. Regular services are important in growing the share of traffic choosing more sustainable intermodal options. This third daily service to East Midlands Gateway boosts choice, reliability and frequency for shippers in the Midlands and helps reduce further the carbon emissions of businesses in the region that use the Port of Felixstowe as the gateway to overseas markets.”

Separately, Maritime Intermodal and DB Cargo UK have been named joint winners of the Rail Freight and Logistics Excellence category at this year’s Rail Business Awards.

The prestigious award, sponsored by the Institution of Railway Operators, recognises the innovative intermodal partnership between two of the of the UK’s leading road and rail operators, which continues to go from strength to strength. 

Simon Smart, Chief Executive Officer at Maritime, stated:

“This award truly reflects the outstanding work carried out by drivers and staff at Maritime and DB Cargo UK who deliver an unparalleled service to our customers. The rail freight sector is a significant part of UK logistics and we look forward to continuing a long and prosperous partnership with DB Cargo UK, enhancing our capability, reducing our carbon footprint, and continuing to offer increased efficiency and reliability. Congratulations to everyone.”

DB Cargo UK’s Chief Executive, Andrea Rossi, said:

“I would like to thank everyone at Maritime and DB Cargo UK for their hard work in making this partnership a success and look forward to seeing our relationship prosper in the future as we continue to deliver sustainable services to our customers.”