APM Terminals Maasvlakte II plans to raise the frequency of its five-times per week rail freight service between Rotterdam terminal and Venlo, a key logistics hub on the Dutch-German border, to up to 12 times a week over the coming weeks.
Starting as a pilot at the end of 2018, with three rail services per week, the terminal operator already has firm plans to offer eight departures per week from July, and up to 12 departures per week soon after.
'As the rail operator, APM Terminals also has direct influence on both terminals (Maasvlakte II and Cabooter Berick), which enables the company to provide priority loading/discharge for urgent containers. The direct point-to-point service also offers increased reliability as there are no terminal stops that could bring potential delays,' Mr De Haan explained.
'Each rail departure has capacity for 96 TEU, which replaces around 48 trucks on the road. The electrified rail service runs on electricity from renewable sources, providing a clear environmental benefit for customers,' he added.
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