Rail & Intermodal

Europe's largest inland port to grow as ultra-large container ships arrive at north European ports.

Strong growth across multiple segments, especially intermodal, helped India’s Gateway Distriparks Ltd. deliver impressive results in fiscal year 2014-15, which ended March 31.

Norfolk Southern Corp.’s earnings fell 16 percent in the first quarter on weak intermodal volumes and a struggling coal market, the company reported Wednesday.

Memphis Chamber's Strickland at TPM 2015.
In October 2015, the JOC Inland Distribution Conference will take place in Memphis. Ernest Strickland, Memphis Chamber’s Vice President of International and Business Partnerships, discusses the city’s access and connectivity — unbeatable road, river rail and runway — and why the area is drawing the commercial/office sector as well as logistics and warehouse distribution operations.

Todd Biscan, CSX, at TPM 2015.
2014 brought weather and capacity challenges to intermodal service. Todd Biscan, Director of International Sales, Intermodal, details CSX Transportation’s efforts to increase capacity to combat that, including an increase of capital spending increase to $2.5 billion for 2015, as well as the “CSX Transportation Network Advantage.”

General Mills will be the first tenant at a tri-modal logistics facility near Manchester, England, set to open next year. The inland port will offer rail, truck and short-sea shipping links.

The Port of Virginia’s efforts to curb congestion took a literal hit Sunday morning after a barge struck a rail bridge, forcing Norfolk Southern Railway to delay five intermodal services and end two.

FEC's James Hertwig at TPM 2015.
Florida East Coast Railway’s President and CEO proposes solutions to facing shippers for 2015, namely port congestion and truck driver shortages.

For a region dismissed not so long ago as a bit of a backwater, where inefficiency, corruption and chronic congestion were the norm, east Africa is beginning to show its mettle.

The Hub Group expects intermodal rail service to keep improving throughout the year but doesn’t expect a return to mid-2013 service levels until at least 2016.