Intermodal Briefs: Port KC, Tiger Cool Express

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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The Port Authority of Kanas City files with the Surface Transportation Board to construct a new line. Also, Tiger Cool Express selects REMPREX as terminal operator for Tri-Cities.

The Port Authority of Kansas City, Mo. (Port KC) has filed with the STB to construct approximately 3.0 miles of new rail line on 415 acres of industrial property that Port KC acquired from AK Steel Corporation located on the east side of Kansas City. Port KC also seeks operating authority to operate across the new rail line and approximately 0.3 miles of existing non-common carrier industrial track.

Port KC is utilizing the former AK Steel facility to develop an inland port known as the Missouri River Terminal (MRT). Once complete, the MRT will have access to the rail network, marine transportation via barge, and the interstate highway system via motor carriage. MRT will accommodate an intermodal container transfer facility for interchanging double-stacked container well cars “to facilitate expanded freight transportation capacity through Kansas City in anticipation of projected freight growth,” Port KC said. The purpose of the proposed line, under environmental review by the STB Office of Environmental Analysis, “is to provide common-carrier freight rail service at MRT.”

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Tiger Cool Express LLC has selected REMPREX, a provider of technology-enabled services for the intermodal supply chain, to provide intermodal ramp and lift operations for the new Tri-Cities Logistics Center in Wallula, Wash.

REMPREX will provide design-build services to redevelop the previous Union Pacific Cold Connect facility, followed by staff and equipment to support the end-to-end operation. In addition, REMPREX will supply a yard management system for overall control of the operations, which are expected to commence in first-quarter 2023-Q1. The new facility will serve as a connector for short-haul marine container traffic with the Northwest Seaport Alliance as well as long-haul domestic 53-foot Tiger Cool refrigerated containers moving to/from Chicago and beyond.

“REMPREX was selected for its unique set of capabilities, from front-end consulting to operations and technology, coupled with deep intermodal expertise,” said Tiger Cool Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Ted Prince. “They were the natural partner of choice to try something outside the box.”

“We are honored to have been chosen by Tiger Cool in this ground-breaking project, and look forward to a successful partnership” REMPREX CEO Remy Diebes noted. “Consistent with our unique operating philosophy and commitment to intelligent operations, we plan apply new processes and technology to optimize ramp, yard and gate operations at the Wallula site.”

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