Brussels, 4th February 2021 – Lineas, the largest private rail freight operator in Europe, today launched a new regular service for intermodal loads between the Port of Moerdijk in the Netherlands, and Antwerp in Belgium. The freight train runs three times per week and increases the frequency of transport between Rotterdam and Antwerp to eight round trips per week.
“We are the largest inland container port in the Netherlands and a major distribution hub", says Jayand Baladien, commercial director of the Port of Moerdijk. “Annually, we handle some 690.000 TEU in our Port. Our position between the Port of Antwerp and the Port of Rotterdam, is perfect to ship freight on to the hinterland. And rail is a crucial part of that operation.”
Jayand describes the Port of Moerdijk as a turntable in the European logistical chain. It already handles around 2,000 ocean-going and 11,500 inland waterway vessels per year. And with the port soon expanding with a new 140-hectare logistical park, growth continues. “We want to make sure our growth is sustainable, so we rely heavily on rail.
The new connection not only reinforces Lineas’ port connectivity network, but also intensifies its rail services between Rotterdam and Antwerp. In collaboration with intermodal operator Shuttlewise, the three new round trips between Lineas’ Main Hub in Antwerp and CTT Pernis in Rotterdam, via Moerdijk add a total of 540 TEU capacity per week. Half (270 TEU) between Antwerp and Moerdijk and the other half between Antwerp and Rotterdam.
Through the Antwerp Hub, cargo can move throughout Europe via Lineas’ leading Green Xpress Network. Jayand: “This Xpress is another step towards a larger network with so many destinations like Poland, Romania and Milan. Through Antwerp, the Port of Moerdijk is connected to another logistical hub.”
Having worked in supply chain management, Jayand stresses the importance of reliable and regular products in the logistical sector. “That's why bundling volumes on rail is so important. It brings a sustainable, green product that will always deliver. Previously, the volumes on this route would have had to move by road.
Connecting all the Western Ports
Olivier Deprez, Director of Network Management & Alliances at Lineas, explains the value of the new destination for the rail company: “Moerdijk is an important logistical centre for Europe. We are proud to support their growing business needs and contribute to their sustainability targets with our leading rail freight services.”
“The connection fits our ambition to connect all Europe’s Western Ports with our growing international network to meet our customers’ needs. We already serve Rotterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Zeebrugge and Le Havre, and I’m pleased we can now include the Port of Moerdijk on that list.
“I joined the Port of Moerdijk because I wanted to contribute to a sustainable and green logistical network", concludes Jayand. “Rail plays a key role in the strategy of our port towards 2030. It offers a reliable way to significantly reduce our carbon footprint. In that sense, the Port of Moerdijk and Lineas are a perfect match.”
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