OOCL and Freightliner sign 10-year dedicated train deal for the UK

by Canadian Shipper

Canadian shippers doing business in the United Kingdom can look forward to enhanced service from Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) thanks to a long-term agreement the ocean liner has inked with a rail freight operator.

OOCL and UK rail freight operator Freightliner have signed a deal that provides OOCL with a dedicated round trip train for the next ten years.

The contract, which begins Sept. 3, is the first of its type to be signed between Freightliner and a global container transportation and logistics provider for such a length of time.

The train will run five days a week round trip between Southhampton and Manchester. Southhampton is called upon by OOCL’s deep-sea vessels to and from Asia and the US, while Manchester is a natural inland rail hub for OOCL’s extensive customer base in the north of the UK.

Freightliner says it will operate this service using a dedicated class 66 locomotive.

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