Rail, Port Partnership Gives Shippers Access to West Coast Markets

OceaNS Bridge Express is said to be a first-of-its-kind service. It originate at the Norfolk International Terminal at the Port of Virginia and interchange with Union Pacific in Chicago, with connections to West Coast markets.

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Norfolk Southern Corp.

Norfolk Southern Corporation partnered with Hapag-Lloyd, Union Pacific Railroad and the Port of Virginia to create OceaNS Bridge Express, which provides expedited service from the East Coast to the Western United States, giving shippers a new option to reach West Coast markets.

“The current environment has led shippers and carriers to think creatively about moving their goods,” says Shawn Tureman, VP intermodal and automotive marketing for Norfolk Southern. “In response, our team took a customer-centric approach by formulating a partnership with Hapag-Lloyd and Union Pacific, providing a new option for shipping to markets in the Western United States.”

“Union Pacific’s Intermodal network is strategically positioned to provide container shippers an alternative with this overland service to the West Coast,” says Kari Kirchhoefer, VP, premium, marketing and sales for Union Pacific. “Our joint service product to Seattle/Oakland/Los Angeles/Long Beach will expedite these transatlantic shipments to consumer markets in the west.”

From PR Newswire:

  • OceaNS Bridge Express is said to be a first-of-its-kind service. It originate at the Norfolk International Terminal at the Port of Virginia and interchange with Union Pacific in Chicago, with connections to West Coast markets.

“The OceaNS Bridge Express showcases our collective, leading intermodal capabilities, moving containers quickly from an East Coast origin to West Coast destinations. Together, we are providing a sustainable and effective coast-to-coast solution to the challenges shippers currently face at West Coast ports,” adds Tureman.

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