NEWS BITTS – New rail ferry service for Alabama port

The Alabama State Port Authority has signed an agreement with International Shipholding Corp.’s CG Railway to develop a new rail ferry terminal at the Port of Mobile. Construction on the $19 million terminal is underway with the first vessel call expected in early 2007. The new terminal’s twin deck design will enable it to load two ship decks via four ramps to the lower deck and six ramps to the upper deck. International Shipholding, which is moving the rail ferry service and its corporate headquarters from New Orleans to Mobile in January, is currently modifying two 585’x117′ ships by installing second decks to increase capacity from 60 to 122 standard rail cars. Established in 2000, CG Railway provides four-day rail service between Mobile and Coatzacoalcos, Mexico.

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