duisport tests rail shuttle to Wilhelmshaven
Duisburg, 22.07.2013 | Container train planned as regular hinterland connection to the deep water port Wilhelmshaven
The duisport Group successfully tested a new train route to Wilhelmshaven on July 20 and 21. The “Wilhelmshaven-Duisport-Shuttle” is thus connecting the DIT-Duisburg Intermodal Terminal on the logport site in Rheinhausen with the EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven in the JadeWeserPort for the first time. “I am confident that the deep water port will develop positively,” says Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG. “The investment was an absolutely correct decision for Germany as a business and logistics location. We want to support this. Long term it is not intended to keep the new rail shuttle as a test operation.”
A project that Emanuel Schiffer, Chairman of the EUROGATE Group Management Board, supports without reservations: “A direct track connection to the Port of Duisburg right in the heart of the Rhine-Ruhr region, which is strong in foreign trade, offers us outstanding opportunities. From Wilhelmshaven customers can not only distribute their container loads via the largest inland port in the world, they can simultaneously generate new freight. The new rail connection makes Wilhelmshaven attractive as a new gateway to the markets of Europe.”
The starting point for the test run of the 460 meter long container train was Duisburg last Saturday morning. Initially 66 standard containers were transported from the DIT-Terminal via Osnabrück, Bremen and Oldenburg to Wilhelmshaven, reaching the EUROGATE-Terminal in around eight hours. With return freight of approximately 30 large 40 foot containers, the train then arrived back in Duisburg on Sunday afternoon.
The test run was primarily intended to check the technical procedures in handling and rail operations to guarantee efficient regular operations of the new hinterland connection later. Erich Staake is confident it will be possible to start the Wilhelmshaven-Duisport shuttle according to schedule soon: “Admittedly, a new rail service always contains a financial risk, but we are active in business and have the appropriate market experience through our other successful shuttle connections. In addition, promising discussions are currently being held with a large potential customer.”
The new container train connection has also received political support. Both Garrelt Duin, Minister of Economics of the State of North Rhine Westphalia, and Olaf Lies, Minister of Economics in Lower Saxony, have previously spoken in favor of intensifying rail transport between the EUROGATE-Terminal in the JadeWeserPort and the Ruhr region.