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Really good rail volumes for Felixstowe

[ November 7, 2011   //   ]

The Port of Felixstowe has set a new rail record, handling 11,019 containers (16,846teu) in a single week. The previous record of 10,893 units was achieved in May 2011. It follows a number of track and equipment improvements made over the past three years, including a 39-metre extension of the South Rail Terminal to accommodate 22-wagon trains, a major line refurbishment of the same terminal in 2008/9, and two new rail-mounted gantry cranes in 2010.

Chief executive officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) David Gledhill, commented: “It is easy to celebrate reaching a specific number of containers being put through our rail terminals, but when we consider the implications of these moves port-wide, our achievement is even more impressive. Approximately one in every three of all containers that came through the port last week arrived or departed via rail, which is not only a huge environmental success, but also reflects  the continually improving service provided by the port.