In Zeebrugge, the trains call at the CHZ container terminal, the Britannia dock terminals and the P&O terminal. In Duisburg, they stop at the DeCeTe container terminal, the DUSS combined transportation terminal and the DIT terminal on the west bank of the Rhine. Trains leave Zeebrugge every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and return the next day. There is a connection in Muizen (near Mechelen) with the Channel Tunnel rail link to the UK and the terminals of Daventry and Manchester.
As well as the two ports, the French shipping line CMA CGM and Belgian rail operator Inter Ferry Boats (IFB) are partners in the joint venture project. The trains are operated by Stinnes/Railion and Belgian cargo train company B-Cargo. It is thought that the service will take 300 truck journeys a week off the busy Belgian-German interstate road system, the equivalent of 15,000 journeys every year.
The new service will enhance Duisburg’s role as a European gateway. “Cargo from overseas and from the UK shipped via Zeebrugge will be moved from Duisport to 70 European destinations, and will continue its way to southern and eastern Europe,” said Erich Staake, CEO of Duisburger Hafen AG.