03rd April 2019
Following a 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. With the Mayor of Wakefield, Stuart Heptinstall in attendance at Wakefield Europort, 66005 and 66047 were inveiled in their new livery and given the names “Maritime Intermodal One and Two”.
A 10 year deal was agreed between the companies and this came into effect on 1st April. Three locomotive services will run daily from Southampton to Intermodal Freight Terminals in Tamworth, Trafford Park and Wakefield, and one from Felixstowe to Wakefield.
John Williams, Group Executive Chairman of Maritime Transport said:
“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. 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.”
Author: Darren Porter
Image: DB Cargo UK