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New rail service between the Mediterranean and Sweden/Norway

Following the completion of a missing rail link, DFDS now connects Sweden and Norway with Turkey and Southern Europe via efficient and environmentally sound routes that combine ferry and rail services.

From 11 March, trains with trailers and containers from customers throughout Spain and Southern France will arrive at the DFDS terminal in Ghent for sea transport to Gothenburg for the Swedish and Norwegian markets. Or vice versa. This adds a further service to our intermodal links between the Mediterranean and Scandinavia, which will in the future offer the following services:

Spain-Sweden/Norway in 4-5 days
From Barcelona, trailers traveling between Spain and Sweden/Norway can from 11 March transfer between road and rail.
Additionally, the trailers can be transferred in Le Boulou, just north of the Spanish border.
In Ghent, the trailers transfer between rail and the Gothenburg-Ghent ferry service.

Lyon- Sweden/Norway in 4 days
In Lyon, the rail-ship connection links the industrial region in and around Lyon with Sweden and Norway via the Ghent-Gothenburg freight ferry route.

Turkey-Trieste-Sweden/Norway in 8 days
In Trieste, trailers from Turkey are transferred between ship and rail for rail-ship connection via Ghent to Gothenburg

The rail link to Ghent became complete when Ghent was connected directly with the railway hub in Bettembourg where trailers were taken to and from Ghent by road until now. “We will start up with 5 connections per week”, says Jens Juel, Head of Strategic Sales, Ferry Division

Lifting ‘non-craneable trailers’
“For the connection between Trieste and Ghent, a new lifting system enables us to lift any type of trailers onto the trains, including the so-called ‘non – craneable trailers’. This makes things easier for our customers, as there is no need to plan for a specific trailer to benefit from the rail connections”, says Jens.

Several off-the-roads benefits
“There are several benefits for our customers and the general environment in using this intermodal link as it takes a substantial number of trailers off the European roads and reduces congestions. In addition to this, it reduces the need for trucks and drivers at a time where the availability of drivers is low. It has taken the combined efforts of many colleagues to make his happen. A particular thank you goes to Nicola Nelli who has a big stake in this,” says Jens.

Transit times and schedules of shipping routes can be found here.

Interesting visit to CargoNet site at Alnabru, Oslo

On 19 April, the rail team from DFDS Norway/Lysaker (Stein Lyberg, Mikael Närman and Anne Wyckmans) visited CargoNet’s site at Alnabru in Oslo under a clear blue sky. The team was invited to take part in a guided tour of this central site for all cargo rail transport to and from Norway, and they had the opportunity to watch a loading/unloading operation using one of the big cranes high above the ground.

CargoNet and Railcombi handle cargo for about 50 trains daily at the Alnabru site, and the loading/unloading operation per train with 20 double-pocket wagons is performed within 45 minutes.

“DFDS Norway is cooperating with CargoNet for the southbound shipment of paper from Norske Skog in Skogn, Trondheim, to Italy, and for the northbound shipment comprising mainly wine and food from Italy to the Oslo area, so it was very interesting to find out how the operations at the CargoNet site work,” says Anne Wyckmans from the intermodal team in Oslo.

The CargoNet site

The rail-team of DFDS Norway visiting CargoNet The rail-team of DFDS Norway visiting CargoNet