Lineas has launched a new Xpress train service for intermodal loads between the Port of Moerdijk in the Netherlands, and Antwerp in Belgium.
The freight train runs three times per week and increases the frequency of transport between Rotterdam and Antwerp to eight round trips per week.
The new connection reinforces Lineas’ port connectivity network, and also intensifies its rail services between Rotterdam and Antwerp. In collaboration with intermodal operator Shuttlewise, the three new round trips between Lineas’ Main Hub in Antwerp and CTT Pernis in Rotterdam, via Moerdijk add a total of 540 TEU capacity per week. The new Xpress train will move half of this capacity – 270 TEU Antwerp and Port of Moerdijk and the other half between Antwerp and Rotterdam.
Through the Antwerp Hub, cargo can move throughout Europe via Lineas’ leading Green Xpress Network.
“This Xpress is another step towards a larger network with so many destinations like Poland, Romania and Milan. Through Antwerp, the Port of Moerdijk is connected to another logistical hub,” Jayand Baladien, commercial director of the Port of Moerdijk said.
Port of Moerdijk is an important node in the European logistics chain, currently handling around 2,000 ocean-going and 11,500 inland waterway vessels per year. The port has expansion plans by developing a new 140-hectare logistical park.
“We are the largest inland container port in the Netherlands and a major distribution hub. Annually, we handle some 690.000 TEU in our port. Our position between the Port of Antwerp and the Port of Rotterdam, is perfect to ship freight on to the hinterland. And rail is a crucial part of that operation,” Baladien said.
The new connection is in accordance with Lineas strategy to connect all Europe’s Western Ports with its growing international network to meet our customers’ needs, Olivier Deprez, Director of Network Management & Alliances at Lineas explained.
Lineas is currently serving Rotterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Zeebrugge and Le Havre, adding the latest connection to Moerdijk.