GBRF signs 5-year deal with Mediterranean Shipping Company

GBRf has signed a five-year deal to operate freight services from Felixstowe and London Gateway to both the Midlands and Yorkshire.

A new five-year deal between Mediterranean Shipping Company (UK) (MSC) and GB Railfreight (GBRf) will further strengthen both their long-established relationship and their joint commitment to delivering sustainable solutions for customers.

With its knowledge and expertise in supplying locomotives and wagons, GBRf has been a provider of rail services to MSC since 2002. Combined with MSC’s extensive line haulage services, this has enabled the two companies to deliver market-leading door-to-door services to their customers.

The new agreement will be volume-based and is expected to increase wagon utilisation that in turn will help further reduce carbon emissions. Services will operate from Felixstowe and London Gateway to both the Midlands and Yorkshire, with a minimum commitment of five days a week.

John Smith, GB Railfreight.

John Smith, managing director at GB Railfreight, said: “We are thrilled to have signed this contract with MSC. They are a longstanding partner and one of the leading shipping and logistics companies in the world, and we are delighted to be able to continue working with them for the next five years.

“Given MSC’s projected future growth we have struck a flexible agreement which will allow both parties to make better use of the services we share. As a business we always put the clients first and we are delighted to be able to cater to MSC’s needs with this contract renewal.

“With the economic picture looking uncertain, I am pleased we will continue working with MSC – a move which shows that the rail freight market is in good shape and will be needed more than ever as we begin the road back to recovery.”

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