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[post_content] => AV Dawson has recently won an expanded contract with Tata Steel, now involving the movement of coal tar from the Tata plant in Port Talbot in south Wales to the Koppers facility in Teesside in the north-east of England.
The contract is significant as it proves AV Dawson’s confidence in building a new intermodal rail terminal in Teesside, marking the first deal involving the handling of tank containers by rail. The company was formerly moving steel coil for Tata Steel on the same route but the new terminal capacity, along with the realisation that there was spare capacity on the trains, now allows it to move 24 tank containers a week as well as the steel.
Neil McShane, rail manager at AV Dawson, explains: “This contract with Tata Steel is more cost-effective as it involves transporting the coal tar alongside the existing steel coil that we transport for Tata. The direct rail link into our facility increases efficiency and supports our drive to reduce the business’ environmental impact. This is one of the key reasons we developed the Intermodal Park and is the first of many new contracts this investment will bring to AV Dawson and Teesside.”
Gary Dawson, managing director at AV Dawson, welcomes the new contract, saying it demonstrates the firm’s commitment to government objectives to move heavy freight from road to rail transport. “We built Tees Riverside Intermodal Park because we knew there was an opportunity to take a substantial amount of heavy traffic off the roads and convert this onto rail freight, whilst offering a more efficient delivery process for our customers.”
PART OF THE PLAN
Under its existing agreement with Tata, AV Dawson acts as a north-east automotive distribution centre for Tata’s steel coil, with the firm’s steel being stored in its climate-controlled warehouse before being transported via its road haulage fleet to customers such as Nissan and Steel & Alloy.
AV Dawson receives three weekly deliveries of steel coil by train and identified additional capacity on these trains to transport the coal tar – a product that has a range of industrial uses. It is shipped as UN 3082, tar solution, Class 9. The 24 tank containers used on the contract are leased from Eurotainer by Tata Steel UK, with AV Dawson responsible for cleaning, servicing and testing the tanks. The tanks are 24,000-litre heated units, built by CIMC and Singamas.
The £2.6m Tees Riverside Intermodal Park (TRIP) was part of a three-year, £12.5m investment master plan AV Dawson embarked onto develop its 100-acre Tees freight terminal in Middlesbrough. The intermodal terminal, which links to the East Coast Main Line, has now reached more than 400 units in storage and continues to grow each month. The facility offers connections between road, rail and sea freight as well as warehousing space.
The master plan included a new £3.4m deepwater quay, designed to allow operators to kit out vessels and ship wind turbine components to offshore wind farms. The largest part of the plan involved the creation of a major automotive steel distribution centre.
From this base on Riverside Park, Middlesbrough, AV Dawson now owns and operates one of the largest independent rail terminals in the North of England and has also has a 99-year lease to maintain and operate Middlesbrough Goods Yard.
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AV Dawson's new intermodal hub has won its first contract to handle tank containers by rail, supporting the modal shift of bulk liquids off the UK's roads