Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG’s Intermodal subsidiary Metrans has started operations at its ninth terminal, located at Usti nad Labem in North Bohemia, an important European hub for freight flows into North Bohemia and South-East Saxony.
The new terminal lies directly on the main rail line between the German seaports and the Metrans inland hub terminal in Prague that serves the Czech Republic. The terminal handles up to six daily connections with the Port of Hamburg, as well as daily connections between Usti nad Labem and the Czech Metrans hub terminal in Ceska Trebova.
Trains on this stretch can be combined with other railcars without the need to divert to remote marshalling yards.
The Usti nad Labem terminal is multi-modal, handling inland water vessels, trucks and trains. It has two areas: one of around 7,000 sq m, with three 120 m rail sidings equipped with a rail gantry crane covering a 40 m span. The second, around 6,000 sq m, has a 400 m rail siding served by two reach-stackers.
“By putting the Usti nad Labem terminal into operation we are developing our already successful hinterland services even further, optimising the transport chain between the seaports and the central European hinterland,” said Klaus-Dieter Peters, chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA).
In October the Metrans Group took delivery of the first of 20 new TRAXX multi-system locomotives that will primarily be used between Hamburg/Bremerhaven and the Czech Republic, Slovakia as well as Hungary.