Wednesday, May 26, 2010

DB Schenker Up Their Intermodal Freight Services Throughout Europe

Swiss Multi Modal Centre will act as Hub
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE – DB Schenker are reviving the name of Hangartner, their wholly owned Swiss subsidiary to promote their intermodal European services. The German group took over the family owned company in 2002 and now the new DB SCHENKERhangartner service will aim at fulfilling the company’s long held desire to utilise rail freight for more long haul European traffic.

Collections and deliveries will naturally be by trucks based at local DB Schenker depots with freight consignments using unaccompanied combined transportation services on rail for the main section of the transport. There will be a new service on the North-South corridor through the country organizations of Finland, Sweden and Norway via central Europe down to Italy and vice versa. For this purpose, the company's intermodal operating centre, which is headquartered in Zürich, will operate around 4,000 block trains a year, primarily using its dedicated rolling stock, providing regular scheduled services several times a week on fixed routes.

The company operates its own terminals in Domodossola and Verona in Italy and also has around 4,300 company-owned loading units available to provide reliable handling from a single source, plus additional logistics services. Karl Nutzinger, CEO Europe Schenker AG. who has overall responsibility for European Land Transport Operations, commented:

"We would like to get more shipments onto rail. The idea behind this new service is to provide a simple linkup of road and rail transportation modes, which industry and politicians favour, as an integral part of our European product portfolio. To make this possible, we have now integrated the proven range of services offered by Hangartner into our country organizations. We are combining the flexibility of the truck with the benefits of rail transportation, which will also have a positive impact on the environmental footprint of our customers. We have also upgraded the service by adding quality features from our Land Transport operations."

An extension of the service to the West is being prepared. The solution is particularly suited to customers shipping heavy consignments such as paper, white goods, beverages and furniture. The new intermodal service also guarantees additional flexibility in cases where trucks cannot be used, in the event of weekend or Sunday driving bans for instance, or tunnel restrictions for certain types of hazardous goods and heavy loads.