ONE – Freightliner rail deal to reduce carbon footprint

The newly formed container shipping company, Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Freightliner, a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming (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 the 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. This is 13% more than when the three Japanese lines operated independently of each other.

Prior to becoming  ONE, the three Japanese lines (MOL, NYK and K-Line) were satisfied with Freightliner as a rail partner due to its guaranteed capacity, safe transport, service level and carbon footprint.

Derek Wakeling, product and network director at ONE Europe 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.”

Adam Cunliffe, CCO of G&W’s UK/Europe Region companies commented: “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.\”

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.


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