MSC to Add 15 Siemens Vectron Locomotives to Rail Fleet

MSC subsidiary, MEDWAY Belgium NV has ordered 15 Vectron MS locomotives from Siemens Mobility.

The new locomotives will be used for cross-border freight transport in Europe and for supplementing container transport by ship in the eastern hinterland of Antwerp, Belgium.

Salvatore Prudente, Executive Director of MEDWAY, said:

“MSC continues to invest on the European level via its MEDWAY arm to strengthen its intermodal offering, improving its capacity to serve clients not only with its core deep-sea solutions, but also inland. Improving these areas provides our customers with a portfolio of services and solutions designed to simplify and support their supply chain.

“Our teams of experts are constantly monitoring both customer needs and market trends and we see a great deal of sense in investing in our intermodal capabilities, as customers are increasingly encouraged to move overland cargo by rail.”

Shipping and logistics company, MSC founded its Belgian subsidiary MEDWAY Belgium NV in 2022 to help expand its engagement in rail-based hinterland transport.

With this new order, it hopes to improve connections and capacity between Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Poland, as well as landlocked central and eastern countries such as Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Albrecht Neumann, CEO Rolling Stock, Siemens Mobility said:

“We’re especially pleased that we’ve been able to win MEDWAY Belgium as a new customer with this order. With their record for reliability and flexibility, our Vectron locomotives enable sustainable cross-border freight transport throughout Europe.”

Each of the new Vectron MS locomotives will have a maximum power at wheel of 6,400kW and a top speed of 160km/h.

They will also be equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS) and will be capable of operating in 12 European countries.

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