CMA CGM has boosted its intermodal offerings with the launch of its Rhine Valley Rail
This new rail service, connecting the Port of Rotterdam with the German hinterland, will be operated in co-operation with TFG, a market leader in containerised seaport hinterland transport for German ports, and will officially start with its first train departure in Dortmund on 18 October.
Six departures per week between the Port of Rotterdam and the German inland hubs of Dortmund, Duisburg and Ludwigshafen will enhance CMA CGM’s intermodal offer. The ocean carrier said it would provide customers with a reliable and fast rail connection between Germany and Europe’s busiest port.
In Rotterdam, the trains will call at three different terminals, Euromax, RWG and ECT, allowing flexibility. The train schedules are “perfectly synchronised with the arrivals and departures of CMA CGM Group’s vessels, providing customers with a steady and seamless connection to the Group’s deepsea services”.
CMA CGM said in a statement “The Rhine Valley Rail service, which allows customers to lower even more their carbon impact, is yet another example of CMA CGM’s continuous commitment to offer its customer the most environmentally friendly services. It is also line with CMA CGM’s strategy to offer reliable intermodal end-to-end transport solutions to its customers. An alternative to road and water transport, this new service is independent of the road and barge congestion and Rhine river water levels, resulting in more planning certainty for the customers.”
CMA CGM Germany managing director Peter Wolf said “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.”