Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) UK and GB Railfreight (GBRf) have announced a new five-year deal, furthering their partnership which began in 2002.
GBRf has been the provider of MSC’s rail services providing knowledge and expertise in locomotive and wagon supply.
The new agreement will be volume-based and is expected to increase wagon utilisation that in turn will help further reduce carbon emissions.
The services will operate from Felixstowe and London Gateway to both the Midlands and Yorkshire, with a minimum commitment of five days a week.
MSC commented its priority “was to continue to offer unparalleled capability and flexibility” to line haulage customers in the evolving UK intermodal market.
“Increased wagon utilisation was a key component from the start and engagement with ports and inland terminals to support this initiative took place early on,” MSC added.
“We are delighted that our new shared contract will allow both MSC and GBRf to continue our work in taking steps to reduce CO2 emissions by moving containers via rail, closer to final destination.”
John Smith, Managing Director at GB Railfreight, said, “We are thrilled to have signed this contract with MSC. They are a longstanding partner and one of the leading shipping and logistics companies in the world, and we are delighted to be able to continue working with them for the next five years.
“Given MSC’s projected future growth we have struck a flexible agreement which will allow both parties to make better use of the services we share.
“As a business we always put the clients first and we are delighted to be able to cater to MSC’s needs with this contract renewal.”