Saturday, September 11, 2010

New Rail Freight Service From Intermodal Carriers

Dutch Company Offer German - Swedish Route
Shipping News Feature

NETHERLANDS – GERMANY – SWEDEN – Yesterday saw the initial shipments on a new rail freight service between Herne in Germany and Nässjö in Sweden from Dutch intermodal transport specialist, Van Dieren Maritime. The new route, which fully integrates with the companies existing network will see three departures a week in both directions.

Herne sits in the vital industrial corridor near Dortmund and Nässjö is between Stockholm and Copenhagen in Denmark at the intersection of several key Swedish rail routes. Van Dieren’s existing network of rail services connects Herne to Istanbul with other services to Luleå in Northern Sweden near the Finnish border, Mo i Rana in Norway, and south to Le Boulou on the French/Spanish border and Melzo and Verona in Italy.

The so-called ‘combi train’ will cater for both 45ft palletwide containers, including the extensive fleet of curtain-sider’s owned by Van Dieren, and Huckepack (mega) trailers. Lately Van Dieren Maritime is also using reefer containers and coil trailers and serving new product areas in Scandinavia such as food and steel. The use of the same locomotive through from Herne to Nässjö (and vice versa) will enable a guaranteed overnight transit time of just 15 hours.

Van Dieren Maritime is a subsidiary of multi modal experts Samskip and so mesh in with that company’s marine operations at the ports of Varberg and Gothenburg from their Katrineholm Logistics Centre. Van Dieren Maritime now operates 36 shuttles per week between Scandinavia and the Continent, making it one of the major intermodal rail service providers from and to Sweden.