Green Swan removes traditional barriers to shipping by rail by providing the loading speed of intermodal and trucking with the expanded capacity of boxcars. This saves time and money for companies looking for a greener, long-haul transportation system.
At the core of Green Swan’s system is an open-top, solid-wall freight car that pairs with high-capacity cargo racks, called SecureRacks. The size and flexibility of the SecureRack’s modular design allows shippers to maximize the cubic density of each shipment.
A Green Swan freight car contains two SecureRack frames that each measure about 28 feet long, 9 feet wide, and 18 feet high, hold up to 75,000 pounds, and include height-adjustable, removable decks that are easily loaded.
It can take hours for a forklift operator to load pallets into the side doors of a boxcar. Green Swan decks are loaded quickly and inserted into the SecureRacks. Preloaded SecureRacks are top-loaded into Green Swan freight cars within minutes using readily available lifting equipment like mobile cranes or container reach stackers.
Maximize cargo per cubic feet on the rails. Green Swan’s adjustable, multi-floor SecureRacks mean that goods of different shapes and sizes can be stacked to leverage the full height of a boxcar. Even cargo that can’t typically be stacked can reach the ceiling.
The hood of each SecureRack forms a weather-tight seal to become the roof of the freight car and to create an inaccessible cargo bay. There are no doors on the outer walls of the railcar and all Green Swan railcars are tracked so you always know the location and condition of your shipment. You can integrate your current RFID tracking data into your delivery, adding another layer of security.
Rail-serviced warehouses and industrial parks can install a custom automation to fill SecureRacks onsite effectively eliminating drayage costs and another layer of logistics. Other shippers will be able to access the service at Green Swan Cargo Hubs and drop off points through our transload partners.
Destuff containers at the port and let Green Swan freight cars take your cargo inland as your containers return to the ship weeks faster than they would now. Green Swan's on-demand day-hire model means you only pay for the service when your goods are on board.
Once the Green Swan freight car arrives at its destination, the roof seal is released and the cargo-filled SecureRacks are removed from the railcar in minutes. The cargo is available for offloading at your convenience while the train consist is free to resume its trip without the usual hours-long unloading process.
The Green Swan Solution reduces shipping costs and increases speed of loading freight. We make it viable for companies who typically need to rely on trucking to ship by rail for the longest domestic middle mile.
Governments, companies and climate-change advocates agree CO2 emissions need to be reduced. Green Swan's system leverages existing infrastructure and available technologies to provide an eco-friendly way to transport cargo long distances.
On average, only 75% of a truck’s available volume and weight limits are being utilized due to either the inability to stack cargo (e.g., too fragile) or axle weight restrictions. Containers go full from inland ports, but mostly return to the port empty. Green Swan addresses this by maximizing density and eliminating empty returns.
Companies that ship goods will make onsite shipping operations more efficient and cost effective and add safety and security for employees and cargo.
Governments will lessen wear on public roads and infrastructure and reduce carbon emissions by converting more trucks to rail.
The environment will have less carbon emissions emitted which will assist all stakeholders to reach their environmental commitments.
Railroads can expand traffic to their networks without increasing capacity by using Green Swan freight cars that are packed more densely.
Trucking companies can focus on the first and last miles avoiding costly and CO2-emitting long-haul trips and avoiding driver fatigue.
Consumers' purchases will be transported in the most efficient and eco-friendly way.