Swissterminal takes over operations of three French ports
SWISSTERMINAL Group has won an international tender to operate three French inland ports with the aim of increasing logistics capacities in the Border Triangle region (the point at which Germany, France and Switzerland)
SWISSTERMINAL Group has won an international tender to operate three French inland ports with the aim of increasing logistics capacities in the Border Triangle region (the point at which Germany, France and Switzerland).
The Switzerland-based integrated logistics operator will take over operations of the Alsatian ports of Ottmarsheim, Huningue-Village-Neuf and Ile Napoleon in the course of 2021. It has formed Alsaceterminal, a joint venture between Swissterminal and the French ports of Le Havre and Marseille-Fos, to operate the ports.
Chairman of the board of directors at Swissterminal, Roman Mayer, commented: 'We are delighted to have won the tender for operating the ports of Huningue-Village-Neuf, Ile Napoleon and Ottmarsheim. Much to our disappointment, we will not be able to expand our activities in the Port of Switzerland (Schweizerische Rheinhafen). However, with Euro Rhine Ports and the port operation by Alsaceterminal, we now have the solution and are able to grow our terminal network.
'Our goal is to significantly increase the utilisation and efficiency of the three Alsatian ports to offer the industry additional opportunities and to meet future market needs.'
The annual capacity of the trimodal container port Ottmarsheim is currently approximately 200,000 TEU, reports Port Strategy, Fareham, Hampshire, England.
In addition to direct shipping to Rotterdam and Antwerp, the port will benefit from direct rail connections to Le Havre and Marseille as well as links via Birsfelden (Switzerland) to Genoa (Italy) and China.