Following the recent long-term agreement between DB Cargo UK and Maritime Transport Ltd to increase rail freight capacity, “Maritime Intermodal” was launched at a celebration event in West Yorkshire.
Over 120 rail, logistics and retail professionals and the Mayor of Wakefield, Stuart Heptinstall gathered at Wakefield Europort in Castleford on Friday 29th March 2019 to see the unveiling of two DB Cargo Class 66 locomotives liveried in Maritime colours and given the names “Maritime Intermodal One and Two”.
The event marked the official signing of a 10-year deal between the two companies which took effect from Monday 1st April 2019. Three locomotive services will run daily from Southampton to Intermodal Freight Terminals in Tamworth, Trafford Park and Wakefield, and one from Felixstowe to Wakefield.
“Rail is now firmly part of our future, and although it’s a challenging venture for us, it’s one we are very much looking forward to,” said John Williams, Group Executive Chairman of Maritime Transport.
He added: “To have these two locomotives in the Maritime colours is a great honour, and with DB Cargo UK, we are ideally placed to offer increased resource to our customers whilst focusing on how we can offer a greener, and more efficient way of transporting goods.”
Hans-Georg Werner, CEO at DB Cargo UK, said: “This new agreement is a really excellent fit for both DB Cargo UK and Maritime, and both Maritime Intermodal One and Two provide a much greater scope and scale to offer complete supply chain coverage.
“We look forward to working with Maritime in a deal that shows road and rail need not be in competition but can deliver more through collaboration.”
Representatives from major UK ports, global shipping lines, retailers and freight forwarders along with trusted suppliers, Network Rail, and industry media attended the event.