Rail operator DistriRail relies on duisport hub
Duisburg, 13.03.2015 | Expansion of rail traffic between Rotterdam and Duisburg / Strengthening of duisport's hub function / Cartel authority approves participating interest in DistriRail
The Dutch rail operator DistriRail and duisport are intensifying their collaboration. DistriRail uses the duisport network to distribute goods in the European hinterland, and continues to expand shuttle traffic between Rotterdam and Duisburg. In addition, duisport acquires a minority interest in DistriRail.
During the past few years, duisport has established a hub concept in the hinterland of the sea ports for its customers from the logistics and shipping industries. Now flows of goods are bundled in Duisburg and then distributed through the international network, in particular by rail. At this time, more than 360 trains run weekly between Duisburg and 80 destinations in Europe and Asia.
Maritime traffic plays an increasingly important role in the North Rhine-Westphalian economy. Therefore duisport has taken on the responsibility to guarantee the reliability of transport services with capable operators at the Duisburg location. With regard to the Antwerp route, duisport has been providing an extensive range of services for many years, despite the difficult routing conditions. The connection to the port of Rotterdam is offered by several operators, whereby the biggest rail volume is handled by DistriRail.
DistriRail has decided to increase its use of Duisburg as a hinterland hub and will significantly raise the amount of shuttle traffic between Rotterdam and Duisburg - to several departures daily. To ensure the long-term sustainability of this concept, duisport has accepted the offer of DistriRail's owners to acquire a minority interest in this system. This development addresses the prospect of significantly higher container volumes that have been forecast by many market participants over the next couple of years. It also offers a strong concept for the new terminals at Maasvlakte II in particular, which are looking to significantly increase rail traffic into the hinterland.
As an independent rail operator in the combined transport segment, DistriRail has worked successfully with shipping lines and logistics service providers for many years. On March 10, 2015, the German Federal Cartel Authority approved duisport's minority interest in DistriRail.