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Rotterdam Europoort P&O added to the international product range
  • New western port service to and from Duisburg with connection to Great Britain launched at the start of November

  • Gateway options for end-to-end transport in many European countries

  • Duisburg – Lovosice v.v. simultaneously increased to four departures per week and direction
(Frankfurt/Main, 13. November 2020) With the addition of the Rotterdam Europoort P&O terminal, Frankfurt-based Kombiverkehr KG has once again increased the intermodal options by truck and rail in services to and from the Netherlands for customers in the forwarding and logistics industries. In addition to Rotterdam's maritime APM, Euromax, RWG, Kramer and ECT Delta Terminal sites with their deep-sea connections, there are now also three facilities offering useful short-sea connections in the form of Moerdijk Container Terminals, the Rail Service Center in Rotterdam and the newly linked Europoort P&O terminal. Having been added to the eu.NETdirekt+ network, the Rotterdam Europoort terminal will be served four times a week in each direction to and from Duisburg Ruhrort Hafen DUSS, from where there are numerous gateway links to national and European commercial centres. This will pave the way for connections to and from Leipzig, Munich, Ludwigshafen or Hamburg in Germany, for instance. For international services, the Scandinavian countries as well as Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, France, Spain, various Balkan states, Greece and Turkey can be reached entirely by rail. There are no profile restrictions for semitrailers and containers. Services on the new route will run from Rotterdam Europoort P&O to Duisburg Ruhrort Hafen DUSS on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and in the opposite direction on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

"With the new connection to the Europoort P&O terminal in the Port of Rotterdam we have created an efficient, end-to-end product that also covers shipments destined for or originating in Great Britain. Previously customers had to truck transport units in the Port of Rotterdam to other loading points. There is no further need for this now, which saves valuable time and money," says Peter Dannewitz, Head of Sales at Kombiverkehr KG. "Even if it comes to a possible hard Brexit, our new product can be the essential transport alternative for many hauliers if long queues build up on the road at entry and exit points into and out of the European Union. In Harwich, Killingholme, Teesport and Hull we offer our customers key port connections from Europoort to the east coast of Britain in collaboration with P&O Ferries and Stena Line," Dannewitz continues.

The new link between Duisburg and Rotterdam Europoort P&O will also have an impact on the existing Duisburg – Lovosice v.v. direct train, as it is closely related in production terms. Kombiverkehr has now been able to increase the Duisburg – Lovosice v.v. train, previously reduced to one or two departures a week due to coronavirus, to a total of four return trips. The terminal in Lovosice offers the possibility of onward connections to Brno, Přerov and Ostrava in the Czech Republic and to Bratislava and Haniska in Slovakia. Partner company Bohemiakombi can organise the first and final leg to the Lovosice hub terminal or even the delivery of shipments direct by truck to the recipient in the Czech Republic or Slovakia.

In continental western port transport, Kombiverkehr's new product means it now offers a total of 16 train departures per week in each direction from Duisburg to Rotterdam (RSC and Europoort) and Moerdijk, each with a short-sea connection, and to Antwerpen Combinant. The onward ferry services operated by the shipping companies A2B, Stena Line and P&O Ferries open up direct crossings to and from Harwich, Killingholme, Teesport, Hull, London Thamesport, Blyth and Immingham.

Terminal Rotterdam Europoort

New to the eu.NETdirekt international network of Frankfurt-based Kombiverkehr KG: the Rotterdam Europoort P&O terminal

Picture source: Port of Rotterdam

The press photo can be downloaded here.