CMA CGM starts rail service linking Rotterdam with German hinterland
GERMAN shipping giant, CMA CGM, has announced the launch of the Rhine Valley Rail, a new rail service connecting the Port of Rotterdam with the German hinterland
GERMAN shipping giant, CMA CGM, has announced the launch of the Rhine Valley Rail, a new rail service connecting the Port of Rotterdam with the German hinterland.
The weekly train connections are perfectly aligned with CMA CGM's deep-sea services, reports AJOT.
Operated in cooperation with TFG, a major containerised seaport hinterland transport for German ports, the Rhine Valley Rail service will officially start with its first train departure in Dortmund on October 18. A total of six departures per week between the Port of Rotterdam and the German inland hubs of Dortmund, Duisburg and Ludwigshafen will enhance CMA CGM's intermodal offer and provide customers with a reliable and fast rail connection between Germany and Europe's busiest port.
In Rotterdam, the trains will call at three different terminals (Euromax, RWG and ECT), thus allowing a maximum of flexibility. Moreover, the train schedules are perfectly synchronised with the arrivals and departures of the CMA CGM Group's vessels, providing customers with a steady and seamless connection to the Group's deep-sea services.
There'll be two departures weekly on the Rotterdam-Duisburg service and one departure per week on the Rotterdam-Dortmund, Duisburg-Rotterdam, Dortmund-Rotterdam and Ludwigshafen-Rotterdam services.
The train service will provide a reliable alternative to truck and barge transport along the Rhine river allowing customers to lower even more their carbon impact.
'It is yet another example of CMA CGM's continuous commitment to offer its customer the most environmentally friendly services. It is also in line with CMA CGM's strategy to offer reliable intermodal end-to-end transport solutions to its customers. An alternative to road and water transport, this new service is independent of the road and barge congestion and Rhine river water levels, resulting in more planning certainty for the customers,' the shipping line said.