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Robert.Jervis_43227 Dec 01

MSC UK launches first rail service connecting the East Midlands and Liverpool

“New service enhances our nationwide port and intermodal network”
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has confirmed the launch of a new rail service connecting the East Midlands and the Port of Liverpool, driving enhanced connectivity and reduced road miles for its growing services into the North West.

The new rail service, which launched last week with the arrival of its first train into the Port of Liverpool, runs five days a week and demonstrates MSC’s continued commitment and investment to future growth in Liverpool.

Jonathan Burke, Operations Director at MSC UK said:

“We are very pleased to announce that, together with our partners, we have launched the first daily intermodal rail connection between the Port of Liverpool and the East Midlands. This new service enhances our nationwide port and intermodal network, further strengthening the breadth of our offering to clients whilst helping to reduce carbon emissions.”

Delivering container shipping services to the Port of Liverpool for almost 20 years, this new rail service cements the long-term commitment of MSC to the North West and the strong partnership between MSC and Peel Ports.

David Huck, Managing Director Peel Ports said:

“This is another way in which we are increasing the connectivity of the Port of Liverpool to the rest of the country. The new service will reduce road miles and fuel consumption on the land leg of journeys and remove carbon from the supply chain. A strong and sustainable supply chain is essential, particularly in these uncertain times, and that’s exactly what this new rail service offers.”

MSC UK has worked closely in partnership with rail operator, GB Railfreight, to establish and launch the new service. John Smith, Managing Director said:

“GBRf prides itself on innovation and commitment to partnership. We are delighted to be working with our customer MSC, Peel Ports and Maritime Transport in delivering a new intermodal service into the Port of Liverpool – one which will see 20,000 lorry journeys off our roads.”

MSC’s new rail service connects the Port of Liverpool and East Midlands Gateway, operated by Maritime Transport.  John Williams, Executive Chairman at Maritime commented:

“We are delighted to welcome this new rail service into our terminal at East Midlands Gateway, strengthening our long-established relationship with MSC and further underpinning the commitment that Maritime has made to the Intermodal market.  In less than twelve months since its opening, the terminal now receives five daily services connecting the UKs four leading ports”.

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is a global leader in transportation and logistics, privately owned and founded in 1970 by Gianluigi Aponte. As one of the world's leading container shipping lines, MSC operates 493 offices across 155 countries worldwide with over 70,000 employees. In the UK, MSC employs more than 650 people across 4 regional offices and has been awarded Container Line of the Year at the Global Freight Awards 12 times since 2001.  MSC offers the widest UK port range of any shipping line operating their own vessels, with import and export services to/from 12 regional ports.
With access to an integrated network of road, rail and sea transport resources which stretches across the globe, the company prides itself on delivering global service with local knowledge. MSC's fleet of 560 vessels sail on more than 200 trade routes, calling at over 500 ports. MSC’s Cargo Division also includes MEDLOG, its logistics arm with a presence in over 70 countries, which has a network of inland logistics platforms, warehouses, trucks, locomotives, and barges, and Terminal Investment Ltd (TiL), one of the largest and most geographically diverse terminal investor-operators, spanning five continents.

Peel Ports Group is the UK’s second largest port group, owning and operating six of the UK’s most important ports (Liverpool, Heysham, Manchester Ship Canal, Medway (Sheerness / Chatham), Clydeport and Great Yarmouth). It also operates a container terminal in Dublin and owns BG Freight Line, which provides short sea container services between the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe and feeder services between the UK and Ireland. Peel Ports Group has recently acquired Quality Freight (UK), which provides chartering and port services from a 40-acre multi modal facility at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire. Peel Ports handles 60 million tonnes of cargo every year. 13% of the total UK major ports traffic flows through ports operated by the Group. Headquartered in Liverpool, it employs around 1,600 staff, and had revenue of £760m and EBITDA of £266m for the year ended 31 March 2019.

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in London, United Kingdom, GB Railfreight is the third largest rail freight operator in the United Kingdom, with a turnover expected to exceed £200 million in 2019. GB Railfreight is one of the fastest growing companies in the railway sector and transports goods for a wide range of customers.

Maritime Transport is one of the largest independent transport and logistics companies in the UK offering a comprehensive range of services to support international supply chains, including intermodal services with nine daily trains from the container ports to five strategic rail terminals, container storage and domestic distribution, as well as container transport. The company is also a major reseller of multi-brand, used trucks in the UK