Freightliner has run its first service out of London Gateway to collect import containers destined for the Midlands in England.
The rail freight operator responded to a call for “urgent support” at the U.K.’s new deep-sea port, which is not yet operational, to load boxes discharged from the fire-damaged container ship Zim Rotterdam. The ship aborted its call at the Port of Felixstowe after a fire broke out and spread to 20 containers as it approached the southern gateway of the Suez Canal on Aug. 23. London Gateway, operated by DP World, is not expected to officially open until November.
Freightliner also confirmed successful delivery of the containers to the customer.
“We answered the call for support with speed and flexibility to ensure the job was carried out successfully and safely,” said Adam Cunliffe, managing director of Freightliner, in a written statement. “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.”
“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,” added Charles Meaby, commercial director of London Gateway.