Rail freight operator Freightliner answered the call to provide urgent support and run its first services out of London Gateway, the UK’s newest deep-sea port, to collect import containers destined for the Midlands.
The Freightliner service arrived at the port at 10am on Monday morning (30 September), to load boxes discharged from the fire-damaged container ship ZIM Rotterdam. Successful delivery was made to the customer during the early hours of Tuesday 1 October.
Adam Cunliffe, Managing Director of Freightliner Limited, said: "We answered the call for support with speed and flexibility to ensure the job was carried out successfully and safely. We were pleased to be able to make our first call at London Gateway and test the services and infrastructure in place for rail freight on site."
DP World London Gateway provided an emergency berth for the damaged ZIM Rotterdam at very short notice, and worked tirelessly in collaboration with authorities and the industry to help ZIM Line’s customers get their cargo as quickly as possible – even though the port is not yet operational.
"The departure of the first Freightliner train, fully laden with containers going to Hams Hall, is a tremendous achievement, reflecting the hard work put in by both Freightliner and the London Gateway team," said London Gateway Commercial Director Charles Meaby.