Kombiverkehr adds one more terminal in Port of Rotterdam to its intermodal network

2022/01/13 at 11:18 AM

Kombiverkehr, the Frankfurt-based intermodal operator, has inaugurated a new freight train between Germany and the Netherlands. It links the TriCon Container Terminal in Nuremberg with the Cobelfret terminal in the Port of Rotterdam. This will open the way for new multimodal services to deliver containers and semi-trailers from continental Europe to the British Isles.

The first train with semi-trailers, containers and swap bodies has departed from Nuremberg on Thursday, 13 January. A day later, on 14 January, the return connection will be sent from the Port of Rotterdam. Kombiverkehr provides the new intermodal service in a partnership with TFG Transfracht, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, five times a week in each direction. The Nuremberg-Rotterdam trains will run from Mondays till Fridays.

Nuremberg-Rotterdam intermodal connection, source: Kombiverkehr

Towards UK and Ireland

“We design our intermodal trains in such a way that a direct changeover to other modes of transport is possible without having to be rerouted. With the aim of realising the end-to-end UK transports, we have also succeeded in doing this with the new Cobelfret product with attractive cut-off times for acceptance and unloading,” said Alexander Ochs, managing director of Kombiverkehr. As the Cobelfret terminal has a well-developed network of ferry services (to London, Killingholme (near Immingham) and Dublin), which is run by the Luxembourg-based shipping company CLdN Cobelfret, the shippers and forwarders can arrange multimodal shipments of containers and semi-trailers from Germany to Great Britain and Ireland.

Other terminals in Rotterdam

The Cobelfret terminal has become the seventh terminal within the Port of Rotterdam in Kombiverkehr’s intermodal network. Four facilities (Rotterdam Euromax, Rotterdam Worlds Gateway, Rotterdam APM Terminals MV II and Rotterdam ECT Delta), which are located at the Maasvlakte 2 area, are linked with the Neuss intermodal terminal. The Rotterdam CTT terminal has an intermodal connection with Terminal Intermodale di Mortara in Italy while the Rotterdam RSC facility handles container trains from the DUSS terminal in the Port of Duisburg.

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