CSX Transportation shippers with intermodal shipments destined for the Port of New York and New Jersey but diverted to mid-Atlantic ports because of Hurricane Sandy can ship their cargo through the railroad’s Northwest Ohio intermodal terminal.
The option helps recover and re-establish freight flows for cargo headed to destinations ranging from Columbus to Nashville. Shippers with cargo destined for the Northeast but in mid-Atlantic ports can either ship directly north via the Eastern Seaboard or boomerang their shipments via the Ohio intermodal hub, said Andrew Glassman, assistant vice president of marketing at CSX’s intermodal group.
“Bring us the freight and we’ll sort it out for you,” he said.
Glassman said CSX contract customers won’t have to pay extra for the service, except for any additional port fees accrued at mid-Atlantic container terminals. The service is available for cargo diverted from the Elizabeth Marine Terminal, New York Container Terminal and Port Newark Container Terminal to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Norfolk International Terminals and APM Terminals at Portsmouth, Va.
The Northwest Ohio Intermodal Container Facility, in North Baltimore, Ohio, is the western anchor of CSX’s National Gateway double-stack corridor. The state-of-the-art terminal, which is equipped with electric cranes, has seen a surge in business since opening in February 2011, largely because of the auto parts traffic.