ONE and Freightliner Switch UK Cargo from Road to Rail


The newly formed container shipping company, Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Freightliner, a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming (G&W), have signed a contract that will see 118,320 road miles per day removed from UK roads.

By guaranteeing rail wagon capacity on the main intermodal routes in the UK, the new contract will reduce greenhouse gasses by 67% in comparison to traditional road transport.

In addition, ONE will save 180 tons of CO2 per day on inland transport, representing a 13% increase compared to when the three Japanese shipping companies – MOL, NYK and K-Line – were operating independently of each other.

For all three Japanese companies, reducing the carbon footprint was part of their core values.

As ONE, they have taken steps to ensure that environmental sustainability will play a significant role in both ocean and inland transportation.

Derek Wakeling, Product and Network Director at ONE, said: “Our customers want a service that meets all their requirements in terms of reliability, safety and sustainability.

“With ONE and Freightliner working together in partnership, everyone benefits from a significant reduction in carbon emissions and we can continue to provide the high level of service that our customers expect from us.” 

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Prior to becoming ONE, the three Japanese lines were satisfied with Freightliner as a rail partner due to its guaranteed capacity, safe transport, service level and carbon footprint.

As ONE, they will continue supporting their customers’ supply chain and strengthen their international competitiveness as well as being the green choice in logistics through collaborations such as the Freightliner partnership.

Adam Cunliffe, CCO of G&W’s UK/Europe Region companies, commented: “I am delighted that Freightliner has been awarded this significant contract, recognising our positive track record of performance, reliability and scale of delivery.

“Having previously worked with all three Japanese shipping lines, we look forward to continuing our close working relationship with our ONE colleagues and to making a positive impact on our environment, as well as easing congestion on our roads by moving more freight on rail.” 

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