DFDS Logistics to launch Rail service from Waterford Port to Ballina
DFDS Logistics have re-introduced a twice weekly container rail service from Waterford Port to Ballina, as of March 4th 2013.
The new service will benefit customers in the west and north west of Ireland in particular, providing them with a cost effective alternative when compared with a road based shipping option. Coupled with this, the customer also reduces their carbon footprint.
The train timetable is optimised to meet the DFDS sailing schedules from Waterford Port to Rotterdam, which allows for onward delivery into Europe. Customers can now load in the west of Ireland on Tuesday morning and deliver in Holland on Thursday pm/Friday am. This service provides access to DFDS sailings to Norway, and rail connections to Italy, allowing for a rail-sea-rail connection from Ballina to Milan.
DFDS plan to develop the route further by introducing new customers, both internal Irish traffic and import / export traffic.
The rail service will remove 3000 truck journeys and 963,000 kilometers per annum, this equates to 981 Co2 tonnes.
DFDS provides a range of logistics services to its customers
Container service Ireland – Europe
Full / part trailer loads Ireland – UK & Europe
Full / part loads to Sweden
fourth and third party logistics: 4PL and 3PL
Port of Waterford is the closest Irish multi-modal port to continental Europe, while also being within 2 hours of the major cities in Ireland, and two-thirds of the population of Ireland. Waterford was the first port in Ireland to adapt to containerisation. In the 1990's, there were up to 30 trains per week from Waterford, servicing the freight needs of the country. DFDS continue this tradition by enabling this important mode of transport in the supply chain, in conjunction with Irish Rail and Port of Waterford.
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