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Direct from the Rhine to Hamburg's 'Waterkant'

Published 02 November 2009 | By Contargo

Less than 24 hours after an inquiry from a big sea carrier to container logistics specialist Contargo, the Duisburg to Hamburg rail connection was planned and approved.

The Contargo Network Service looked into the matter and found the ideal rail operating partner for the project: the Niederrheinische Verkehrsbetriebe AG, NIAG. This enterprise, a regional transport subsidiary of the Rhenus Group, is responsible for assembling the train, shunting at the terminal and the transport segment to Hamburg.

On 27 October the train left the DIT Duisburg Intermodal Terminal en route for Hamburg, gateway to the North Sea. Project manager Fatih Sanli of Contargo Network Service said: This is the first time we have sent a container train direct from DIT to Hamburg. The fact that we arrived at this solution so speedily was largely thanks to the great commitment of NIAG. Although we often arrange special trains for our customers, it doesn’t always function as smoothly as this.

Bernd Putens, managing director of DIT, comes from Hamburg and so was especially pleased that a train serving his home town had been added to the scheduled connections that constantly depart from DIT for numerous destinations all over Europe.

Michael Jaschek, divisional director at NIAG for rail transport and vehicle repair, said: NIAG’s commitment as an additional rail enterprise in the port of Duisburg strengthens the competitiveness of the location within the region. We therefore intend to offer provision of rolling stock and mobile wagon repair throughout the Duisburg port area.

With a yearly transport throughput of more than 1,000,000 TEU, Contargo is one of the biggest container logistics networks in Europe. Contargo integrates container transport between the western seaports, the German North Sea ports and the European hinterland.

Contargo has 19 container terminals at its disposal in inland ports in Germany, the Netherlands, France and Switzerland. The company also operate its own inland shipping and rail lines. In 2008 the workforce of 400 employees achieved a turnover of EUR200m.