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'Rail closes the gap between barge and truck'

Terminal operator CTT and the Bentheimer Eisenbahn have launched a new rail service between Rotterdam and Bad Bentheim last September. The new rail shuttle forms an addition to CTT’s inland shipping services. German forwarding company Nellen & Quack THE GREEN LINE has been using the railway line from the start.

 

“This service closes the gap between shipping by barge and road transport,” says Stephan Saggau, manager Sea & Airfreight at Nellen & Quack THE GREEN LINE “Currently 75 per cent of our customers chooses barge, and about 25 per cent opts for trucking. For those who use road transport, speed is the determining factor. They need their cargo fast. Rail now offers them a great alternative, because it is more economical and nearly as fast, and of course it is green and lean. It is a fast and sustainable option. With the new rail service we expect that in time 50 per cent of our road transport will shift to rail.”

The freight train currently runs three times a week between Rotterdam and Bad Bentheim and has a capacity of 90 TEU. With this new service approximately 10.000 truck movements a year will be taken off the road, which equals more than 5 million trucking kilometres. It serves both the Twente area as well as the German border region. Saggau: “The Bad Bentheim rail terminal forms a great alternative for us as it is located only 15 kilometres away from us.”

After arriving in Bad Bentheim half of the train continues to Coevorden. Next to the rail shuttle between Rotterdam and Bad Bentheim/Coevorden, CTT and the Bentheimer Eisenbahn also plan to introduce multiple rail services to Scandinavia, Eastern and Southern Europe from Bad Bentheim in the near future.

Stephan Saggau

Manager Sea- & Airfreight - Nellen & Quack THE GREEN LINE

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