The Cherokee, the latest rail ferry in operation at CG Railway LLC, sits at dock with loaded railcars. Genesee & Wyoming

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – CG Railway’s new rail ferry, which plies the Gulf of Mexico between Cellular, Ala., and Coatzacoalcos in Mexico, set a velocity and quantity document on its maiden 1,912-mile spherical journey this month.

The 590-foot Cherokee departed the Port of Cellular on Sept. 12 with 122 freight vehicles aboard. It arrived on the Port of Coatzacoalcos three days later. The ship departed Coatzacoalcos on Sept. 15 with 130 freight vehicles on board and arrived at Cellular on Sept. 18.

“We’re extraordinarily happy with the Cherokee’s efficiency throughout its maiden voyage,” Todd Biscan, CGR vp of gross sales and advertising, mentioned in a press release. “The rail ferry transported greater than 22,500 tons of various commodities, together with chemical compounds, plastics, pulp and paper, agricultural merchandise and meals. CGR is happy to reinforce service high quality to prospects and safely transfer railcars from the U.S. to Southern Mexico in three days with customs cleared en route.”

CG Railway, a Class III railway, dates to 2000. In 2017 it turned a three way partnership of quick line holding firm Genesee & Wyoming and SEACOR Holdings.

The Cherokee is the primary of two new double-deck ferries that can exchange CG Railway’s two current vessels. The second ferry, the Mayan, on Sept. 22. It’s anticipated to enter service in December.

The brand new vessels lower crusing time to 3 days from 5 and might carry 135 railcars, up from 115, and have a prime velocity of 14 knots, up from 7 knots on the previous ships. The brand new vessels enhance CG Railway’ capability by 40% because of their further capability and quicker crusing occasions.

The railway handles 10,000 carloads per yr and connects with Ferromex in Coatzacoalcos and 7 railroads in Cellular: BNSF Railway, Canadian Nationwide, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern, Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway, Mississippi Export Railroad, and the Alabama State Port Authority’s Terminal Railway.

The brand new ferries additionally present a 44% discount in carbon dioxide emissions per ton-mile in comparison with an all-rail route, the businesses say.

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