Swisstrain, a transportation product offered by Swissterminal AG, has expanded its service portfolio with calls at the Port of Antwerp and the Port of Rotterdam.
Swissterminal will switch its service connection from the inland hub of Duisburg to the hub Neuss Trimodal in an effort to offer links to Europe’s two biggest ports.
The Frenkendorf-bsaed company has also entered a partnership with the logistics service provider Optimodal Nederland.
Collaborating with Optimodal as an import agency will make Swissterminal is present at the major transport hubs of both Rotterdam and Neuss, potentially allowing information pertaining to seagoing vessels to be delivered quicker.
Roman Mayer, president of Swissterminal, said: “The first Swisstrain carrying boxes with destination Rotterdam left our terminal in Frenkendorf in October last year. Since then we have noticed an increasing demand for transport solutions in the market.
“By adding Antwerp to our service portfolio the change to Neuss Trimodal as a hub and Optimodal as import agency, we expand our market leadership as a provider of integrated and independent services for the transport and terminal services in Switzerland.”
The train will continue to connect the terminal in Frenkendorf three times per week and the facility in Rekingen twice per week with the respective sea ports.
The link with the Port of Rotterdam is offered either via a pure rail connection or through combined transport using rail and barge.
The Maasvlakte terminals, ECT-Delta, APMT 1 and APMT 2 as well as RWG and Euromax in Rotterdam are served by rail via Neuss according to the new schedule.
If preferred, the Maasvlakte terminals can be reached by barge as well. The city terminals Uniport, Waalhaven, Botlek and RST are connected by barge three times per week.
The Antwerp service operates with two barge departures per week and serves five terminals at the port.