Intermodal rail terminal signals new era on the Tees

4/25/12 9:54 AM

Intermodal rail terminal signals new era on the Tees

A new era in container freight will begin on Middlesbrough’s Riverside Park in April with the opening of AV Dawson’s £2.6m intermodal rail terminal

The terminal – named the Tees Riverside Intermodal Park (TRIP) – is the first phase of the leading logistic firm’s £10m infrastructure expansion and follows a dramatic increase in its container business.

Companies using the new rail terminal will now benefit from a direct link to the East Coast Main Line as well as Dawson’s freight facilities including its Ayrton Railhead, North Sea Supply Base andDawson’s Wharf quays on the adjacent River Tees, which will soon be expanded to include a new deep water berth.

The state-of-the-art rail terminal has rail sidings capable of handling trains carrying up to 80 containers at any one time with 16,000 square metres of operational area and storage for up to 1,200 containers.

Dawson has seen a 25 per cent increase on container stuffing and container handling alone after winning work to support a new steel supply chain contract into Italy on behalf of major forwarder Fratelli Cosulich. The rail terminal is the first stage of a three-stage investment following the award of £1.2m of funding from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Now the intermodal rail terminal is open, AV Dawson’s managing director, Gary Dawson, is hoping to see a train operator start a regular service. The company is already a regular user of rail for its bulk traffics and regularly services trains from four majorUKrail companies including DB Schenker, Freightliner, DRS and GB Railfreight. The company offers a box stuffing business which, combined with its storage facilities, could help generate sufficient business to fill a regular train service to theNorth West.

Gary Dawson, managing director of AV Dawson, said:

“The new intermodal rail terminal is just one part of our extensive growth plans and it’s fantastic to see the vision we have for the company start to become a reality.

“From our perspective, the terminal further strengthens our ability to move goods quickly and efficiently and save our customers money in the process.”

Dawsonshas also gained AFSO accreditation to handle goods for transportation through the Channel Tunnel which expands the potential for a direct rail route from mainland Europe, through the tunnel toRiversidePark.

In addition, it has invested in new container management technology in the shape of the CYMAN (Container Yard Management) system to manage all of the container movements and activities.

Fargo Systems, which has developedDawson’s transport system TOPS, helped set up CYMAN with the company’s Paul Wilson and Gary McDermott.

The new software allowsDawsonto offer bespoke operations for customers as well as full control and visibility of orders with accurate consignment and shipping notes.

It can be easily ‘scaled’ as the business grows with additional yards and storage areas added.Fargocan also provide EDI links with many shipping lines for managing gate moves and container repairs.

As well as investment in new infrastructure and technology, the company has strengthened its container team, promoting Gary McDermott, who will be TRIP’s new site manager responsible for all iso tank and box related activities, and Gary Armstrong, who will grow the container desk within the transport function.

Source: Multimodal

Christopher Snelling