THE SHIPPER'S REQUIREMENT--A GROWING INLAND ROLE
The author describes Intercontainer, a co-operative company founded in 1967, wholly owned by 24 European national railways, which operates a fleet of container carrying wagons of various types. He refers to the company's original objectives in developing new systems of door to door transportation in inner-Europe to recover to railways the traffic lost to road haulage. This objective led to short term considerations in marked contrast to block trains but, in handling some 2m tonnes of containerised cargo in 1978, is "obviously, one way of meeting the shipper's requirement". The author refers to demand patterns remarking that there is limited potential for daily unit trains of the freightliner type. He comments that though exporters use ISO containers for overseas cargo, they do not do so for inland transport. Various units, and their routes, used by Intercontainer are reviewed in Section 4. There is also a chart showing dimensions and loading characteristics of the different types of units employed. Specialised traffic is discussed in Section 5 and future trends and conclusions are detailed in Sections 6 and 7.
- Cargo Systems Container Operations and Shipping Conference, Amsterdam, November 27-29, 1979.
International Cargo Handling Coordination AssnAbford House, 15 Wilton Road
London SW1V 1LX, England
- STONE, B A
- Publication Date: 0
- Pagination: 7 p.
- Cargo Handling Abstracts
- Issue Number: 0
- Publisher: International Cargo Handling Coordination Assn
- TRT Terms: Container cars; Containerization; Freight transportation; Shipper demand; Traffic managers
- Uncontrolled Terms: Shippers
- Geographic Terms: Europe
- Old TRIS Terms: Freightliners; Intercontainer
- Subject Areas: Freight Transportation; Railroads; Society;
- Accession Number: 00311776
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: International Cargo Handling Coordination Assn
- Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jun 26 1980 12:00AM