Pakistan Railways successfully has launched the nation’s first ever Reefer Freight Train, hoping to provide more economical and environment friendly freight solutions. The Marine Group of Companies, in collaboration with Pakistan Railways, achieved the milestone by operating Pakistan’s first ever containerized refrigerated train in December 2021. It departed from the dry port of Marine International Container Terminal (MICT) Prem Nagar, Lahore and arrived at Wazir Mansion Karachi.
This intermodal cold chain solution enabled by ‘Pakistan Railways Freight Transportation Company (PRFTC) who facilitates the rail infrastructure operated by ‘Pakistan Intermodal Limited’ (PIL) and CMA CGM Pakistan providing commercial support for this new cold chain corridor.
The new operational phase begins with one train a week with plans for this service to operate twelve trains in a month. Freight trains can minimize the delivery time and reduce emissions to the atmosphere of greenhouse gasses. On average, railroads are three to four times more fuel efficient than trucks.