German railway operators see opportunities in Rotterdam
Despite the currently weak market for container transport by rail, operators Transfracht, TX Logistik and Kombiverkehr expressed their positive opinion on the market development in Rotterdam in the German transport trade journal Verkehrsrundschau, the Port of Rotterdam Authority news release said.
As regards the background to this matter, it is not unlikely that preparations are underway for the moment when the new container terminals of APMT and Rotterdam World Gateway on Maasvlakte 2 are put into operation.
Transfracht, at one time present in Rotterdam, is in the planning phase of at least one new service. The potential return is a major criterion for the company, which wants to be back in the black in 2014.
TX Logistik wants to expand its activities in Rotterdam. Until now it has had only one container service on the Rotterdam-Nuremberg-Munich route. Recently, the company appointed a new Maritime manager whose task is the further development of maritime hinterland traffic in Germany and the Benelux. TX Logistik also has a share (15%) in Box-Xpress-System, which provides hinterland transport between Hamburg/Bremerhaven and the German hinterland as well as Budapest.
Kombiverkehr, the largest provider of combined transport in Europe, is concentrating on Rotterdam for its maritime traffic. It does not want to serve any other sea ports. Connections between Rotterdam and Duisburg/Dortmund and Neuss are provided by subsidiary Optimodal. Kombiverkehr anticipates that this will provide growth of 8% in the coming year. If other train projects can be realised, the growth can be even larger.