DP World to start intermodal rail service from June

DP World will be providing an intermodal rail service for containerised car shipments from June between Mexico, the US and Canada. The port terminal and inland logistics provider is using 16-metre (53ft) containers with R-Rak cassette systems in answer to the ro-ro and multilevel rail-capacity shortage for vehicle shipments in North America, said official reports. The 16-metre containers, which are common for general freight shipments in North America, can accommodate up to six passenger vehicles on special racking systems, compared to the four maximum that can be shipped in a standard 12.2m (40ft) container, which DP World said enhances efficiency and reduces costs for OEM customers. Four larger SUV-sized cars can be shipped in the containers. DP World said in a statement that it is the only logistics company currently providing the intermodal 53ft container solution for finished vehicles.