New contract leading to significant CO2 reductions

The newly formed container shipping company, Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Freightliner, a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), have signed a contract for guaranteed rail wagon capacity on the main intermodal routes in the United Kingdom.

By switching from road to rail, the new contract will see 118,320 road miles per day removed from UK roads, reducing greenhouse gasses by 67% in comparison to traditional road transport. In addition, ONE will save 180 tons of CO2 per day on inland transport, representing a 13% increase compared to when the three Japanese shipping companies – MOL, NYK and K-Line – were operating independently of each other.

For all three Japanese companies, reducing the carbon footprint was part of their core values. Now, with the formation of ONE, steps have been taken to ensure that environmental sustainability will play a significant role in both ocean and inland transportation.

Derek Wakeling, Product and Network Director at ONE said, “Our customers want a service that meets all their requirements in terms of reliability, safety and sustainability. With ONE and Freightliner working together in partnership, everyone benefits from a significant reduction in carbon emissions and we can continue to provide the high level of service that our customers expect from us.”

“I am delighted that Freightliner has been awarded this significant contract, recognising our positive track record of performance, reliability and scale of delivery,” commented Adam Cunliffe, CCO of G&W’s UK/Europe Region companies.  “Having previously worked with all three Japanese shipping lines, we look forward to continuing our close working relationship with our ONE colleagues and to making a positive impact on our environment, as well as easing congestion on our roads by moving more freight on rail.”

Prior to becoming ONE, the three Japanese lines were satisfied with Freightliner as a reliable rail partner, guaranteeing capacity, safe transport and an excellent service level whilst reducing the carbon footprint. Now operating as ONE, they will continue supporting their customers’ supply chain and strengthen their international competitiveness as well as being the green choice in logistics through collaborations such as the Freightliner partnership.