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Mexican ferry link

01 Jan 2001

THIS MONTH is due to see the start of train ferry services between Mobile, Alabama, and Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. To be operated by International Shipholding Corp of New Orleans as a joint venture with Ferrosur, it will give eastern US railways independent access to Mexico.

Ferrosur will handle traffic in Mexico, offering a 30h timing between Coatzacoalcos and Mexico City. ISC shortline subsidiary CG Railway Inc will shunt the Mobile terminal, providing connections with CN/IC, Norfolk Southern, CSX and BNSF. ISC and the Alabama State Docks Authority were expecting to complete a new ferry dock at Mobile in December.

CG Railway has chartered two 178m roll-on/roll-off vessels with a capacity of 60 wagons each. The ferry will run every four days, taking three days each way.