Esbjerg launches tender for the operation of new combi terminal

Esbjerg launches tender for the operation of new combi terminal
Port of Esbjerg's combi terminal

Denmark’s Port of Esbjerg is looking for a private operator to run and develop its new combi terminal, and is inviting interested parties to submit an Expression of Interest.

Construction began earlier this year in the Sydhavn section of the port. The combi terminal consists of two tracks and covers a total area of 48.000 sq. m. The terminal connects the port with the rail network, providing the opportunity to tranship and manage freight efficiently.

According to the port, the purpose of the terminal is to ensure a better connection between road, rail and sea, thus strengthening intermodal freight transport. The project builds on the Danish parliament‘s agreement in spring 2013 for “a green transport policy“ and is in line with the European Commission’s goal of moving 30% of the goods transported by road in Europe to rail or sea by 2030.

Rail Net Denmark, the Municipality of Esbjerg and the Port of Esbjerg are behind the project.

The terminal is primarily expected to handle rail freight between the Port of Esbjerg and eastern Denmark and southern Sweden, but also to provide a feeder service to the terminals in Padborg and Taulov. The terminal is expected to have sufficient capacity to handle up to three trains a day on the two terminal tracks.

The tender includes the development and operation of the terminal from Q1 2015.

The operator will be required to define customer-related measures and activities, which can contribute to the development of the terminal and, as such, secure the necessary amount of freight.

In order to take full advantage of the opportunities in the terminal, it is furthermore fundamental that the operator is capable of developing the intermodal and multimodal services through both conventional and innovative tranship technologies.

Expressions of Interest must be registered by 6 October, 2014.