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Published: 27 May 2010      

Kombiverkehr launches Antwerp-Duisburg service

Kombiverkehr has boosted its services over the Rhine seaports with a new daily (overnight|) direct train between Duisburg and Antwerp

The new service enhances the options over Duisburg, Europe's most important inland nodal point. "Duisburg gives our customers the ideal opportunity to transfer consignments to trains heading for all major European economic regions," said Robert Breuhahn, general manager of Kombiverkehr.

"The new direct train is also a response to the significant pick-up in demand we are again seeing from the chemical industry." The destination in Antwerp is the Combinant terminal operated by chemical giant BASF.

"However, the service is expressly open for forwarders working for other shippers," added Breuhahn. "Maritime containers from Antwerp's docks can also be delivered to Antwerp Combinant.

"We are delighted that forwarders and shippers in the chemical industry have returned to combined transport as demand picks up rather than migrating to the road."

The new service is considered emblematic, as it can show that, given sufficient aggregation, combined transport can pay off financially over distances below a 300 km threshold. The Combinant-PKV Duisburg distance is exactly 253 kms.

Breuhahn added: "It is essential to the success of trains covering short distances either that the initial and final legs to the combi-terminal are simple, short and fast or that the short section serves as a feeder or extension for other trains. This route meets all those conditions."

According to Kombiverkehr, even a modern truck with a Euro 5 engine and carrying a 25t load between Duisburg and Antwerp will emit 69% (0.24t) more CO2 than if the load had been shipped on the rail network.



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