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New railway line between China and North Sea Port in Ghent takes more Volvo cars to their destinations

The new rail connection from Ghent fits in with Volvo Cars’ strategy for faster, more sustainable and more cost-effective operations.

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New railway line between China and North Sea Port in Ghent takes more Volvo cars to their destinations
New railway line between China and North Sea Port in Ghent takes more Volvo cars to their destinations. Image: North Sea Port
Several times every week Volvo Cars in Ghent ships vehicles from North Sea Port by rail to China, Italy and Austria. The first train carrying 190 XC60s from China arrived in Kluizendok on Thursday 4 July and will return with 180 XC90s, V90s and V60s to the Chinese port of Xi’an.

The new rail connection from Ghent fits in with Volvo Cars’ strategy for faster, more sustainable and more cost-effective operations, in terms of production as well as from a logistics point of view. Exporting part of the cars by rail instead of by sea or road, reduces the impact on the environment. Also, the cars will reach their destination faster. The lead time from factory to final destination can be shortened by half.

Multimodal port

North Sea Port has the aim to stimulate transport by rail and by water. “Volvo Cars makes full use of the good hinterland connections of North Sea Port in Ghent by opting for sustainable rail transport to the European inland countries and China. It will strengthen our position as a multimodal port,” says Daan Schalck, CEO of North Sea Port.

Fewer trucks on the road

Trains to Italy are loaded and unloaded at the DFDS terminal at Mercatordok. China trains arrive and depart from Kluizendok. Rail operator Lineas manages the rail exports from North Sea Port to China and Italy. Through its modal shift to rail Volvo Cars takes around 5,000 trucks off the road every year. A train will run twice a week from North Sea Port to Xi’an in China.

About Volvo Car Ghent

Volvo Car Ghent is a car factory in the port of Ghent, owned by Volvo Car Corporation. It consists of a welding plant, spraying plant and a final assembly plant. With 6,500 employees, it is one of the largest industrial employers in East Flanders. In 2018, Volvo Car Ghent produced 200,396 cars. These are the V40, XC40 and V60 models.

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DCT Gdansk completes the expansion of largest rail-based container terminals

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DCT Gdansk completes the expansion of one of Europe’s largest rail-based container terminals

DCT Gdansk, one of Europe’s largest rail-based container terminals, has completed its rail expansion with an annual rail capacity of 750,000 TEUs. The new investment opens diverse growth opportunities in landlocked markets and provides a more economic and greener alternative for DCT’s customers.

From 618 to 750 metres. From 4 to 7 tracks

The rail terminal expansion which started in 2018 and was completed in 2021, lengthened the tracks from 618 to 750 metres. Additionally, the railway siding was extended from 4 to 7 tracks. Furthermore, fully electrified RMG rail cranes were purchased, and an OCR camera system for recording trains and containers has been put into operation. This has allowed DCT to increase its rail capacity to 750,000 TEUs.

Customers will be able to generate significant cost savings by using the shorter rail route between DCT Gdansk and Central Europe, compared to other ports in Southern or Western Europe. The terminal operator will work with the industry to develop intermodal services to/from Poland’s landlocked neighbouring countries and regions, such as Czechia, Slovakia, Western Ukraine and Belarus.

Green alternative for landlocked markets

“We are directly represented in the Czech and Slovakian markets, which allows our southern neighbours to benefit from DCT’s forwarding capabilities. Through competitive delivery times and large-scale rail connections, we guarantee lower carbon emissions per container compared to other European ports. Our experience and range of operations give inland customers a better, cheaper and greener alternative for moving their goods,” continues Charles Baker.

The opening of the rail terminal expansion is an essential step in the development of DCT. In addition to the expansion, the entry gates to DCT have been fully automated with OCR cameras. Finally, the number of state-of-the-art quay cranes on Terminal 2 have been increased to 8, the storage yard area has been expanded, and additional equipment purchased to service them: 5 electric-Rubber Tyre Gantry yard cranes.

Since becoming operational in 2007, DCT has built two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, with a total annual capacity of 3 million TEUs. DCT was also the first terminal with direct calls from Asia to the Baltic Sea. It is the only Polish and Baltic destination for the largest vessels globally, on routes from China, Korea and other Asian countries.

 

 

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GEODIS inaugurates a new rail link between France and Italy

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A leading player in multimodal transport, the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business is expanding its network in Europe with the introduction of a road-rail solution linking the Paris region with northern Italy.

The line links Noisy-le-Sec in France to Novara in Italy and is intended to offer an alternative to road transport.

On a booked path, GEODIS operates 3 rotations per week i.e. 6 round trips and offers a loading capacity of 240 ITUs1 per week. This represents a saving of up to 75% in greenhouse gas emissions2.

Daniele Bernardi, Managing Director of the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business in Italy, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a road-rail solution to our customers including delivery to or from France, for packaged products as well as liquids or powders; hazardous materials or waste. A single loading unit is used from the sender to the recipient (swap bodies, box containers and tanks). All our container carriers are equipped with GPS beacons to guarantee safety and real-time information.”

Marc Vollet, Director of Operations and Multimodal for the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business, added: “As the French leader in multimodal transport, we continue to develop rail-road solutions in Europe. This new France-Italy route provides our customers with additional capacity for cross-border multimodal transport and it emits three times less CO2 than transport by road.”

This project is part of the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business’ “Green” strategy. It operates more than 100 trains per week on the European network.

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Maersk launches new reefer train service between Algeciras and Marin

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As part of its end-to-end global integrator strategy, A.P. Moller- Maersk launches a new rail service for reefer cargo between its Andalucía hub and Galicia.

1 day and 12 hours is the transit time for the new rail service for reefer cargo that connects Algeciras and Marin. The new service departs from Algeciras port in Cadiz and arrives at Marin port every Friday at midday.

“This new train service is intended to give Galician firms with agility, flexibility, and resiliency.” It facilitates cargo delivery to Galicia ahead of schedule, allowing for weekend deliveries and distribution to final retailers. Furthermore, it helps to reduce environmental effect, which is a hot topic among many customers committed to reducing CO2 emissions.” said Diego Perdones Montero, Maersk Managing Director for South West Europe and the Maghreb.

The carbon footprint of cargo flows is one of the most important topics on the agenda of many enterprises around the world and Maersk is committed to achieving net zero emissions for all its activities by 2040, helping this way customers to fulfil theirs ESG strategies.

“One of the primary benefits of this new service for us is the ability to carry our reefer cargo through rail for the first time.” Rail travel is one of the most environmentally friendly routes of goods transportation and we are glad to have this transportation option thanks to our collaboration with Maersk.” commented Representatives from Grupo Ibérica de Congelados SA.

Maersk is launching this new service with a weekly call from Wednesday to Friday, but it expects to be able to scale the service up in response to rising demand for environmentally friendly transportation modes.

For project coordination, Maersk has relied on the involvement and support from Algeciras port authority, Marin port authority, Ria de Pontevedra, Marin Container Terminal, Temarin -Grupo Pérez Torres and the health ministry regulations.

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