CMA CGM has launched the Rhine Valley rail service, which connects the Port of Rotterdam with three important German inland hubs.
The service is operated in cooperation with railway operator TFG and consists of six weekly train departures between Rotterdam and the inland hubs of Dortmund, Duisburg and Ludwigshafen.
It will officially start on October 18, 2019, with its first train departure in Dortmund and is designed to synchronise with CMA CGM’s ship schedules in Rotterdam.
Peter World, managing director of CMA CGM Germany, stated: “With this new service, the CMA CGM Group reasserts its ambition to offer our customers flexible intermodal solutions, including land transport.
“With our partner TFG, we have a rail expert at our side with whom we will reliably connect the largest European port with the German hinterland.”
The service aims to allow customers to lower their carbon impact and act as an alternative to road and water transport, independent of the road and barge congestion and Rhine river water levels to allow for more planning certainty.
Calls from Rotterdam to Duisburg will run twice a week, once per week to Dortmund and once per week from each of the German inland hubs to Rotterdam.
The trains will call at three different terminals (Euromax, RWG and ECT) in Rotterdam to allow for maximum flexibility.