Posted 04 Aug 2021
It was announced today that DB Cargo UK plans to lease its Mossend EuroTerminal rail freight facility to Maritime Intermodal (with effect from September/October 1st).
The announcement comes just two years after Maritime Intermodal took over the lease of DB’s intermodal rail freight facilities in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and Trafford Park in Manchester.
The Lanarkshire depot provides intermodal freight transfer between rail and road and is well-placed at the centre of Scotland's road network, next to the M8 motorway linking Glasgow and Edinburgh.
It also plays a crucial role in allowing engines to be changed from electric traction, used on the West Coast Main Line, to diesel locomotives which operate over many internal Scottish routes.
DB Cargo UK’s Chief Executive Andrea Rossi said:
'Our decision builds on the success of our existing relationship with Maritime Intermodal which has quickly established itself as a major player in the UK intermodal market.
'We look forward to maintaining our close alliance with Maritime as the industry focuses on modal shift, while delivering sustainable solutions and innovation to our customers,' he added.
Since Maritime Intermodal and DB announced their collaboration back in 2019, the number of services operated by DB on behalf of Maritime Intermodal has now doubled, from four to eight.
Last year, the collaboration between DB and Maritime won the Rail Freight and Logistics Excellence Award at the 2021 Rail Business Awards.
John Williams, Executive Chairman, of Maritime said:
'We are excited about this latest opportunity to continue to build on our fantastic relationship with DB Cargo UK as we continue to provide our customers with sustainable, complete and cost-effective transport and storage solutions across the UK.'Demand for rail freight is rapidly increasing and we recognise the importance of investing in our terminals, plant, systems and more personnel to support our ambitions in rail as we hope to expand our network of terminals to support both ours and our customer’s growth.'