Intermodal push for P&O Ferrymasters
Multi-million investment in 240 new swap body freight containers to further extend its pan-European intermodal logistics network
A multi-million investment of 240 new swap body freight containers to further extend its pan-European intermodal logistics network has been announced by P&O Ferrymasters as an integral part of the company’s strategic growth plan.
The 45’ curtainside units, which are one of the most sustainable ways of carrying freight, are the first of their kind in the P&O Ferrymasters fleet and will be used to transport goods by both rail and road. The design of swap bodies minimizes empty weight, thereby cutting fuel consumption and carbon emissions because there is less dead weight to carry.
“Our customers will benefit from the flexibility of these multi-purpose load units, with the swap bodies being deployed on our routes in Poland, Italy and Spain from this month” Wim Blomme, P&O Ferrymasters’ Intermodal Director, said. “The major advantage of the swap bodies is that goods can be loaded and unloaded from the side and top. They are equipped with sliding curtains, a sliding roof and solid rear doors to allow easy access via the open side, top and rear.”
The swap bodies have been manufactured by Centro Costruzioni Furgonature Containers CCFC Srl.
P&O Ferrymasters serves 20 strategic locations in 12 countries across the continent, operating integrated road, rail and sea links via a fleet of 4,000 trailers and containers, and owns a rail terminal in Oradea (Romania) to facilitate movement of goods to the UK from Asia via Silk Road.