DFDS, one of Europe’s largest ferry and logistics providers, and the iPort Rail inland terminal in Doncaster, have launched The Humber Express which will deliver freight from the Port of Immingham to a multimodal logistics hub in South Yorkshire.
The containers on the service will have arrived at the port by ship from multiple destinations and will carry a variety of goods.
They will be loaded directly onto the train at the Port before being moved by rail to Doncaster and from there to onwards destinations across the country. This will be the first intermodal service from the Port of Immingham.
Immingham is the fourth biggest port in the UK when measured by the number of units that cross the quay side. In 2020 Immingham and Grimsby handled over 10% of all the units moved in and out of the UK, behind Dover, Felixstowe and London.
Andrew Byrne, managing director of DFDS in Immingham said: “The logistics industry is facing one of its largest challenges in a generation. There are additional complexities due to Brexit still impacting on supply chains, and the current shortage of lorry drivers is threatening to undo years of development of efficient just in time operations that rely on supply chains that operate equally as quickly and proficiently.
“The Humber Express complements the efficient logistics and transport operations which already successfully run out of the Port of Immingham. I am delighted that DFDS and iPort Rail have had the courage and commitment to make it happen.”