Importance of Cold Train to Fruit Growers Explained in Olympia

By Jeff Chew, January 16, 2013, iFiberone News

Port of Quincy officials went to Olympia on Wednesday to talk about apple shipping.

Port Commissioner Patric Connelly and Pat Boss were joined by Cole Jessup of Columbia Marketing International, one of the state’s larger apple shippers, and Mike Durfee from Diamond Logistics Northwest, to talk about Quincy’s Cold Train Express Intermodal Service and the Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal.

The four spoke in front of the Washington State House Transportation Committee during a special work session on Wednesday. Rep. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, was the catalyst for the presentation.

Connelly and Boss told the committee about service and the port’s Intermodal terminal, while Jessup and Durfee explained why having reliable and cost effective transportation options was important in getting Washington apples to Midwest and East Coast markets.

The port and business officials explained with the cost of fuel, the service provides apple shippers a good option to diversify how they transport the fruit. The intermodal service allows companies to have another option then long-haul trucks which are becoming increasingly regulated.

“Many shippers and receivers want to save fuel and reduce their carbon footprint, and Cold Train helps to do both,” according to the port. “Cold Train provides additional shipping capacity, which is important as there are various periods during the year where long-haul trucks are in short supply.”


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