The CMA CGM Group has announced the introduction of RHINE VALLEY RAIL, a new rail service that will connect Rotterdam with the German hinterland providing a reliable alternative to truck and barge transport along the Rhine river
Operated in cooperation with railway operator TFG, the RHINE VALLEY RAIL service will have its first train departure in Dortmund on 18 October.
Wit a total of six departures per week between the Port of Rotterdam and the German inland hubs of Dortmund, Duisburg and Ludwigshafen the initiative is expected to enhance CMA CGM’s intermodal offer and provide customers with a reliable and fast rail connection between Germany and Europe’s busiest port.
In Rotterdam, the trains will call at three different terminals (Euromax, RWG and ECT), thus allowing a maximum of flexibility.
Additionally, the train schedules are perfectly synchronized with the arrivals and departures of the CMA CGM Group’s vessels, providing customers with a steady and seamless connection to the Group’s deep-sea services.
The service, which will allow customers to reduce their carbon impact, is yet another example of CMA CGM’s continuous commitment to offer its customer the most environmentally-friendly services.
It is also line with CMA CGM’s strategy to offer reliable intermodal end-to-end transport solutions to its customers.
Six weekly departures:
- Rotterdam – Duisburg: Twice per week
- Rotterdam – Dortmund: Once per week
- Duisburg – Rotterdam: Once per week
- Dortmund – Rotterdam: Once per week
- Ludwigshafen – Rotterdam: Once per week
An alternative to road and water transport, this new service is independent of the road and barge congestion and Rhine river water levels, resulting in more planning certainty for the customers.
The project provides a reliable alternative to truck and barge transport along the Rhine river to connect Rotterdam with German Hinterland.
Heat waves across Europe are increasing the risk of making the Rhine, the continent’s most important waterway, impassable for extended periods.