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The Port of Long Beach completes construction of new rail project

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The Port of Long Beach has completed construction of a new rail project that will increase efficiency of goods movement and reduce congestion on local roadways by shifting more cargo to trains.

The Double Track Access from Pier G to Pier J Project adds a second rail line running approximately 8,000 feet long that enables four terminals in the Port’s south basin area to simultaneously handle arriving and departing trains.

The project is a vital piece of the Port’s ongoing rail infrastructure capital improvement program aimed at shifting more cargo to rail, one of the goals of the 2017 Update of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.

“This project is an important piece of the rail improvement program that will increase efficiency and lower emissions at our Port,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “We’re continuing to invest in strengthening our supply chain, prioritizing environmental sustainability and reducing impacts on the communities surrounding the Port.”

“This project will streamline operations and reduce truck trips at a time we are experiencing an unprecedented growth in cargo,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “Our investments in on-dock rail will help the Port remain globally competitive and environmentally sustainable well into the future.”

“Alleviating truck traffic will enhance air quality and decrease the impact of Port operations on the surrounding community,” said Sharon L. Weissman, Vice President of the Long Beach Harbor Commission. “Moving goods more efficiently and sustainably remains one of our top priorities.”

Construction started in February 2020 on the project, which increases rail efficiency at Piers G and J up to 25 percent. It will also minimize conflict with neighboring terminals’ on-dock rail operations and improve overall safety in the vicinity.

The $34.7 million project was partially funded with a $14 million grant from the state’s Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, which was established by Senate Bill 1 to pay for infrastructure improvements on federally designated freight networks across California using money from the state and the National Highway Freight Program. The Port contributed the remaining funds for the project, which was completed early and under budget.

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MSC UK launches new rail service connecting Mossend to Felixstowe and London Gateway

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MSC UK announced a new rail service connecting Mossend in Scotland via Hams Hall, to Felixstowe and London Gateway. The new Mossend rail service builds upon MSC UK’s commitment to the Scottish market, customers, and ports, by complementing two existing weekly calls into the ports of Grangemouth and Greenock.

Jonathan Burke, Operations Director at MSC UK commented: “We are very pleased to announce that, together with our partners GB Railfreight and Maritime, the new service launched last week will add greater flexibility for our customers to move cargo to and from anywhere in Scotland and connect to global trade routes via the ports of Felixstowe and London Gateway.

This latest enhancement to MSC UK’s long-established and market-leading intermodal network offers great value to our UK customers by seamlessly connecting their cargo across road, rail and sea; delivering an efficient and cost-effective solution that helps contribute to our customers’ sustainability goals.”

Intermodal transportation is a core focus for MSC, and the company continues to make significant investments in this area to strengthen its inland solutions offering. Its fast-growing road, rail and barge network offers customers all over the world a flexible and effective way of moving cargo inland and contributes to the decarbonisation of global supply chains.

John Smith, CEO of GB Railfreight added “GBRf is delighted to begin this exciting new venture with MSC. We are committed to working with partners to ensure that we provide a first-class service. One that demonstrates the commercial value of collaborating with GBRf, delivers wider sustainability benefits for every region across the UK and grows the rail freight industry.”

The train service will run 6 days a week and enhance rail and road capacity for MSC UK’s customers, complemented by the company’s door-to-door haulage services designed to provide support at all stages across customer supply chains.

John Bailey, Managing Director – Intermodal and Terminals, for Maritime Transport Ltd said: ‘We are pleased that MSC UK have decided to utilise both of our terminals at Mossend and Hams Hall to launch this service. Our continued investment in intermodal services and infrastructure means the two sites, which form part of our growing network of seven fully open access terminals, offer excellent coverage and rail connectivity throughout the UK.

Jonathan continued: “This exciting enhancement to our intermodal offering ensures we can collect or deliver customers’ cargo from anywhere in Scotland and connect seamlessly to the ports of Felixstowe and London Gateway and mainline services to destinations around the globe.”

As a national leader in shipping and logistics, with knowledgeable support from local teams in Glasgow, Liverpool, London and the UK Head Office in Ipswich, MSC UK is confident that the new rail service will deliver success for all parties involved.

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RUSCON completes the export of two container trains to Belgium

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Multimodal logistics operator RUSCON, part the Delo Group, successfully completed the export of two container trains for the Belgian consignee.

In July 2022, container trains with 124 40-foot containers were delivered to the destination – Zeebrugge. The trains followed the route Tikhonovo Station – Brest/Malashevich – Rotterdam – Zeebrugge. The cargo was delivered in two shipments. The first train set out in June and the second after two days.

The shipment successfully passed customs clearance at the border with Poland and passed through Europe to the destination in Rotterdam without any delays. The organizers of the transportation are the Moscow office of RUSCON together with TransContainer.

“Considering all the geopolitical instability, one of a key factor in delivering the shipment without delays was the proficiency of a specialists and their careful planning of the delivery route. We keep on the planned course and adapt to any external conditions.” said Andrey Chernyshev, the Senior Vice President of RUSCON.

He added, “The successful implementation of this shipment once again confirmed the high level of professionalism both company and our colleagues from TransContainer in carrying out such a difficult shipments.”

Ruscon is 3PL operator for containerized cargo delivery in Russia and the CIS based on Delo Group’s assets. Ruscon expands its ability to provide end-to-end cargo delivery services by a range of its own transportation assets: marine terminals, fleet of trucks, flatcars, inland terminals, customs and logistics storage facilities as well as developed network of branch offices.

The transport and logistics business of the Group is made up of the multimodal transport operator Ruscon and the intermodal container operator TransContainer that owns and operates the largest fleet of containers and flatcars over the entire 1520 standard railway network.

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MSC announces the opening of a new branch of MEDWAY in Belgium

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MSC announces the opening of a new branch of MEDWAY in Belgium, which commenced operations late last week. Falling under MSC’s inland logistics partner MEDLOG, the new rail enterprise will operate as a licensed freight rail operator in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Austria.

Servicing clients shipping to and from the north-west of Europe, the new enterprise ensures the quality of MSC’s intermodal options in the region. From launch, the branch will operate daily connections between the port of Antwerp and four destinations in Germany: Neuss, Frankfurt, Germersheim, Wörth Am Rhein. In the mid-term it will also connect the other major key ports in Northern Europe; Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, and Hamburg, with inland areas in central Europe.

The region is a critical trade area, with vital ports for global logistics and transport services, transporting a wide variety of goods. While the service remains open to all types, this service will mainly facilitate the movement of white goods, chemicals, automotives and food stuffs.

Salvatore Prudente, MEDLOG Executive Director, explains what a milestone this is for Medway and MEDLOG: “The new MEDWAY Belgium branch expands our rail freight operator footprint in Europe. Establishing rail services in the north-west of Europe enables us to guarantee links with our own assets, as well as expanding our offerings to current clients. We’re incredibly proud of the work our dedicated teams have done to get us to this point and look forwards to continue to grow in the rail freight operations space.”

The rail transit branch launches with 4 electric interoperable locomotives currently in the fleet and more to be supplied at a later date. The locomotives are supplied by MEDWAY partner Alphatrains and railcars by VTG.

Connecting more ports in the European region with inland services is important for successful intermodal offerings and is an objective for the company’s growth for the future. Providing in-demand services to customers remains a key strategic goal, and MSC and its partners aim to expand and grow in ways that accomplish that task.

MEDWAY is currently a rail operator in Portugal, Spain and Italy and owns rolling stock, operated by partners, in Turkey and India. MEDWAY runs 40,000+ trains yearly, covering over 7 million km, with a global fleet of 110 locomotives and 4,700+ railcars.

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