Karachi, January 10, 2022: As a major breakthrough in national logistics & cargo infrastructure, Pakistan Railways successfully launches countryâs first ever Reefer Freight Train aiming to provide more economical and environment friendly freight solutions.
According to details, Marine Group of Companies in collaboration with Pakistan Railways achieved the milestone by operating Pakistanâs first ever containerized refrigerated trainin Dec 2021 which departed from dry port of Marine International Container Terminal (MICT) Prem Nagar, Lahore and arrived atWazir Mansion Karachi.
This intermodal cold chain solution enabled by âPakistan Railways Freight Transportation Companyâ (PRFTC) who facilitates the rail infrastructureoperated by âPakistan Intermodal Limitedâ (PIL) and CMA CGM Pakistan providing commercial support for this new cold chain corridor.
From the past 05 years Pakistan Intermodal Ltd is playing a pivotal role in operating containerized freight trains in Pakistan and realizing the potential of Reefer containers, operated Pakistanâs first ever reefer block train carrying 24Units – 40 feet reefers of CMA CGM Pakistan from MICT â Dry port at Prem Nagar â Lahore to Wazir Mansion Karachi and transported the Reefer boxes through PakGotrucking short haul services to Karachi Port completing the journey successfully.
The new operational phase begins with one train a week with plans for this service to operate twelve trains in a month. Freight trains can minimizethe delivery timeand reduce emissions to the atmosphere of greenhouse gasses. On average, railroads are three to four times more fuel efficient than trucks. That means moving freight by rail instead of truck lowers greenhouse gas emissions by up to 75%, on average.
As more and more road-based reefer cargo finds its way to more economically and environmentally viable options. Pakistan Intermodal Limited (PIL)reefer block train system can generate billions of rupees annually in revenue for Pakistan Railways if the containerized freight trains are operated on schedule.