Nord Ports Shuttle is a local waterway service operated by a public/private partnership composed of Dunkerque-Port, Compagnie Fluviale de Transport (CFT), the Grand Lille Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIGL) and the Flanders Terminal.
Starting last week, the Nord Ports Shuttle (NPS) waterway container inland shuttle provides a twice-weekly link between the Flanders Terminal (TdF) of Dunkerque-Port, Lille Container Terminal (LCT) and Lille Dourges Container Terminal (LDCT).
It operates on a quay-to-quay basis, without road transport. The operating conditions of the service have been designed to allow the emergence of a competitive multimodal transport offer without the return of empty containers to the port of origin, by creating depots for empty containers in the inland terminals of Lille and Dourges which are open to all logistics operators.
The service operates with a 78-teu barge, the Carina, and the P’tit Murene push boat. It will run two rotations a week between Dunkirk (Saturday and Wednesday), Lille and Dourges (Monday and Thursday). NPS will initially offer an annual transport capacity of some 15,000 teu – 7,500 teu in each direction. The rotations are scheduled to synchronise with the calls of ocean-going mother ships at the Flanders Terminal.
A Waterway and Maritime Procedure, designed to simplify Customs procedures has been put in place with the authorities to allow electronic registration of goods’ customs status, via the port’s AP+ computer system.