Savage, KCS to Launch Louisiana Railport
Savage will own and operate the railport, which will be constructed on property leased from KCS at its Mossville Rail Yard. It is slated to start handling commodities from Lake Charles-area refineries, chemical plants and other businesses by January 2022.
The Mossville railport will include more than 70 active transloading spots and 600 railcar storage spots, according to Savage, and will provide access for moving products into Mexico via KCS lines. It is part of the “Savage Transload Network of about 50 multi-commodity, rail-connected terminals across North America, and the first developed in partnership with KCS,” the company reported.
“Savage has a longstanding relationship with KCS, and we’re excited to open this new Louisiana railport and provide a sizable transload and storage facility at [its] Mossville yard in the coming months,” Savage President and CEO Kirk Aubry said.
“We are excited about this partnership with Savage, as the Louisiana railport will provide additional rail capacity and new services for shippers in the Mossville and Lake Charles region, which will expand their supply chain choices and allow for more competitive shipping options,” KCS President and CEO Pat Ottensmeyer said.
In related developments, Savage announced earlier this month the opening of a multi-commodity transload terminal in San Joaquin County, Calif., near Stockton. It is served by OmniTRAX affiliate Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad, and connects with BNSF and Union Pacific.