New year sees launch of new rail connection

New year sees launch of new rail connection

11.1.2022 | Rail

New year sees launch of new rail connection

Felixstowe is at the heart of the intermodal revolution.

The 38th daily rail service has been introduced at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe. Operated by GB Railfreight for Maritime Transport, the service connects the port with Birch Coppice in the Midlands.

The new service is the fifteenth, operated by GB Railfreight and impressively, the twelfth daily rail connection from the port to destinations in the Midlands.

Commenting on the latest addition to the port’s roster of rail services, Robert Ashton, operations director at the Port of Felixstowe, said:

“Increasing the proportion of traffic moving by rail is an important part of our strategy to offer the widest possible range of sustainable transport options through the Port of Felixstowe. We are investing in new plant and equipment as part of our own drive towards net-zero and are working with partners, including GB Railfreight and Maritime Transport, to help others remove carbon from their supply chains.

“With three dedicated rail terminals at the port, we offer more rail services to more inland destinations with greater frequency than any other UK port.”

Julie Garn, Intermodal’s general manager, said:

“Working closely with Maritime Transport and the Port of Felixstowe, this new service will play an important part in alleviating some of the pressure facing the UK supply chain. Increasing the number of services from Felixstowe is an efficient and environmentally friendly way to meet growing consumer demand, with an average freight train removing up to 76 HGVs from the road.”

John Bailey, Managing Director – Intermodal and Terminals, Maritime Transport, added:

“We are thrilled to launch this new service with GB Railfreight. Our investment in new routes, new equipment, and our terminals enables us to provide the most advanced logistics solutions and reflects our drive to deliver increased resources at a time when the industry is facing huge challenges. We have achieved unrivalled success in the intermodal sector in a very short period of time, but we are only at the start of a journey that will continue to see us challenge the industry norms and accelerate modal shift.”

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Freightliner accelerates progress towards Net Zero with low emission fuel

Freightliner accelerates progress towards Net Zero with low emission fuel

30.11.2021 | Rail

Freightliner accelerates progress towards Net Zero with low emission fuel

Rail operator trials cleaner fuel solution designed by GBF and Shell.

Freightliner embarks on further operational trials of Gd45 powered by Shell GTL Fuel, a new cleaner, low carbon fuel supplied by Green Biofuels Ltd (GBF), as part of its ongoing commitment to clean air and carbon reduction.

Freightliner, a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) and a leading UK rail freight operator is supporting the development of Gd45 powered by Shell GTL Fuel, a new lower emission fuel, and will be the first to use the product for operational trials on some of its diesel-powered services in support of their commitment to enhancing the environmental benefits of rail freight transportation.

This new, cleaner fuel solution designed by GBF, the UK’s leading provider of Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO) and Shell, tackles GHG (greenhouse gases) and particulate emissions in the rail and road freight industry. Gd45 Powered by Shell GTL Fuel consists of 55% Shell GTL (gas to liquids) Fuel and 45% Gd+ HVO.

Freightliner has been extensively trialling the fuel on some of its services over recent months in partnership with GBF and Shell. Data collected from the testing shows significant emissions reductions in diesel engines of 84% methane, 14% NOx and 18% ultra-fine particulates when compared to regular diesel. There was no performance impact or loss of horsepower.

The substantial carbon and air quality benefits show that this will be an important transitional fuel on the journey to net-zero by 2050. Transitioning across to Gd45 powered by Shell GTL Fuel for diesel services would lower Freightliner’s CO2e emissions by 50%, equivalent to 91,740mt every year.

GBF is a UK Business Climate Leader and the first HVO supplier to be approved by Zemo’s Renewable Fuels Assurance Scheme.

Magnus Hammick, Chief Operating Officer at GBF, comments:

“GBF has been delighted to be fully engaged with the Freightliner team to show the empirical benefits of advanced fuels. The current energy crisis shows both the resilience of industry to innovate other ways to hit their net-zero goals and the value of drop-in alternative fuels on the road to decarbonising rail. We’re happy to see great strides have been made, but the recent hikes in energy prices and the fact the UK National Grid is still in the process of cutting its emissions shows that we still have a way to travel to achieve these long-term goals. The rail networks deliver the lowest carbon solution for bulk freight movement when running on Gd45 powered by Shell GTL Fuel.

“Gd45 Powered by Shell GTL Fuel is a bridging technology that supports the emissions reductions of legacy fleets in the interim period between now and net-zero. It’s a way to make an immediate difference today.”

Tim Shakerley, Managing Director, Rail at Freightliner, comments:

“With COP 26 focusing global attention on the importance of climate change, Freightliner is committed to and at the forefront of a number of energy-saving initiatives aimed at reducing their carbon footprint even further.

“Rail is already the most carbon-efficient mode for transporting freight around Great Britain, and growing volumes using alternative fuels will be crucial to support the decarbonisation of the UK economy.

“The journey to net-zero 2050 will require a range of different technologies and fuels, and we are delighted to have supported the development of this transitional fuel. The emissions reductions are exceptional, with average reduced CO2e emissions of 43%, a reduction in NOx of 14% and 18% fewer ultra-fine particulates compared to conventional diesel, demonstrating the strong carbon and air quality benefits of this fuel.

“Working closely with GBF and Shell, the trials show that this fuel offers significant environmental gains, with no performance impact or loss of horsepower. We are delighted that Freightliner will continue operational trials of the Gd45 Powered by Shell GTL Fuel across a number of our services.”

Renee Power at Shell, GM – Global GTL Market Development comments:

“Working closely with GBF, we have developed Gd45Powered by Shell GTL Fuel, a lower carbon, cleaner fuel to help the hard to abate sectors like the rail and road freight industry, take the first step on their decarbonisation journey today.”

i * The GHG savings percentage indicated is an approximate figure based on calculations made in accordance with data (and averages) sourced from the UK Government GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting 2020 evaluation of GTL and HVO lifecycle (WtW) carbon intensity, available in Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Greenhouse gas reporting: conversion factors 2020. Savings percentages may be lower than stated above, with no guarantees provided.

TOPS is the ‘complete TMS’ says GB Railfreight

TOPS is the ‘complete TMS’ says GB Railfreight

1.6.2021 | Rail

TOPS is the ‘complete TMS’ says GB Railfreight

Fargo Systems’ TOPS enables GBRf’s intermodal activities to operate seamlessly.

The complete transport software solution once again demonstrates the pivotal role it plays throughout the logistics industry – this time enabling GB Railfreight’s (GBRf) intermodal activities to operate seamlessly.

Playing an integral role in GBRf’s complete rail TMS (Transport Management System), all intermodal movements are planned and managed through Fargo’s TOPS.

Jim Slade, Project Team Manager at Fargo Systems, says: “We’ve been partnering with GBRf since 2005. With a commitment to TOPS that has seen their usage grow six-fold over the years, they are now processing over 100,000 EDI messages per month. This February alone, MSC sent over 98,000 messages, all of which were processed by TOPS, saving hundreds of hours of manual data input.”

Growing from an initial four TOPS users to today’s 24 concurrent user licences, the benefits of Fargo’s technology are evident across GBRf’s operations – from maintaining schedules, precision planning wagons each schedule, right through to the stevedores loading and unloading the trains.

‘Box to bay’ planning is a crucial requirement of GBRf. As Jim says: “TOPS is used throughout this operation – from loading each container to the correct wagon, to planning each specific platform and pin. It also integrates with other third parties in the industry who receive updates and instructions for loading and unloading wagons as per the transport plan stored.”

Notably, ‘box to bay’ plans are also imported to TOPS, key for inland container depot operators. The container depot completes the ‘box to bay’ process, yet GBRf still needs to hold it in TOPS to pass it to the destination port again via EDI and validate it against their safety loading guidelines.

Intermodal General Manager of GBRf, Julie Garn, continues: “For us, TOPS is the complete TMS. It holds the loading guidelines, validates users creating a ‘box to bay’ consignment, and ensures every movement adheres to the parameters. Respecting the loading guidelines, it then automatically completes the ‘box to bay’ plan and provides instructions to the port of departure and or final destination via EDI or a PDF; we EDI with the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company and CNS for Southampton and London Gateway.

“When a train departs or arrives at a terminal, TOPS receives and imports the gate move notifications, which are used to update the job in the system. This process immediately highlights any train misses or exceptions. It also enables us to enrich the data stored in TOPS with information from the depot. For example, we can import the container number to TOPS automatically when a container arrives at a terminal and is yet to be scheduled to a specific train. This then triggers real-time information to be sent out to customers ensuring their terminal systems are up-to-date too.”

Jim Slade continues: “GBRf is a critical player in the UK’s logistics sector, and automated communication is key to keeping their business on track and moving. Back in 2005, they were as committed as they are today to achieving business success by using the best logistics software they can, which in this case is TOPS.”

Julie Garn concludes: “Here at GBRf, we like to think of ourselves as visionaries. Our investment in TOPS has not only increased our efficiency but has revolutionised data exchange and integration across the industry. We couldn’t have done that without Fargo Systems.”

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New Rail Service from the Port of Felixstowe

New Rail Service from the Port of Felixstowe

10.3.2021 | Rail

New rail service from the Port of Felixstowe

 

Felixstowe to Wakefield daily service operated by GB Railfreight.

 

A new daily rail service has been introduced at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe. The new service is operated by GB Railfreight and connects the UK’s largest container port with Wakefield in Yorkshire.

The new service is the 13th operated by GB Railfreight and the 12th daily rail connection to destinations in Yorkshire.

Commenting on the latest addition to the port’s roster of rail services, Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe, said:

“Expanding the number of rail services available to importers and exporters from the port is one of our key objectives. The Port of Felixstowe is the Northern Powerhouse’s major container gateway and approximately 50% of traffic between Felixstowe and the North moves by rail. Increasing the number of services is good for the port, good for our customers and good for the environment.

“With three dedicated rail terminals at the port, we offer more rail services to more inland destinations with greater frequency than any other UK port.”

John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, added:

“I am thrilled to see the beginning of this new service. We are extremely proud to be able to continue our work with the Port of Felixstowe to deliver a first-class service, which demonstrates sustained growth for our companies and shows an inherent trust in our long-standing partnership.

“Our growth in intermodal shows GBRf’s dedication to innovation, offering flexible door-to-door solutions that meet our customer’s needs, as well as a consistently reliable service.”

The train will initially comprise of a mix of wagon types, including two Eco Triples, two Q8s and eleven IKA Twins. The combination of a variety of wagons is significant, as it allows for enhanced flexibility, maximising the number of boxes that can be carried to better satisfy consumer demand and make more effective use of overall capacity.

Other destinations served by rail from the Port of Felixstowe are Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Teesport, Birmingham, Birch Coppice, Doncaster, East Midlands Gateway, Hams Hall, Wakefield, Ditton (Widnes), Rotherham, iPort Rossington and Cardiff.

For further information visit portoffelixstowe.co.uk