Road haulier Maritime Transport has announced the launch of a new intermodal division which will initially contract four dedicated services out of Felixstowe and Southampton, after reaching an agreement with rail operator DB Cargo UK.
DB Cargo UK will be contracted to run Maritime Intermodal’s rail operations out of Felixstowe and Southampton.
Maritime Intermodal will take on responsibility for DB Cargo UK’s terminals in Trafford Park, Manchester and Wakefield in West Yorkshire, thus strengthening the road haulier’s national network of strategic hubs.
The new intermodal segment is committed to significant investment in both equipment and groundworks at the two sites, aiming to improve terminal turnaround times whilst also increasing container storage capacities.
The terminals will remain open-access to both intermodal and non-intermodal services.
Maritime Intermodal will retain existing services and seek additional services from all UK ports with all freight operating companies with the intention of increasing its intermodal offering.
It will also take responsibility for DB Cargo UK’s existing intermodal customers on its Felixstowe and Southampton services.
Hans-Georg Werner, CEO of DB Cargo UK, said: “Intermodal is the fastest growing freight market, yet our terminals were under-utilised. Maritime is a very successful logistics business and has the volumes and desire to turn these assets into sustainable and profitable distribution centres.
John Williams, executive chairman of Maritime Group, stated: “Over the four services alone, more than 32 million miles will be taken off the UK road network each year, reducing both congestion and carbon dioxide emissions.”