Rotterdam PortShuttle service doubled

The PortShuttle Rotterdam Service, which provides a freight solution for moving containers between the various deep-sea terminals, has doubled its number of trips. An extra service is being added to run six times a week, with connections to Tilburg and Eindhoven.

Portshuttle, which has been in operation since September, already ran every 24 hours on weekdays between the Port of Rotterdam container terminals at Maasvlakte and the Rail Service Centre Rotterdam,

Eric van Wijngaarden, CEO of the De Boom Group, which operates PortShuttle, said: “This year, volumes were slightly lower than expected, partly due to the start-up problems at the new terminals. With the entry of the GVT Group of Logistics and the additional number of trips, we have managed to achieve a viable concept, and we will in any case be in business throughout 2017.”

Deep-sea services

Wil Versteijnen, Director at De Boom Group, added: “We want to be able to complement the deep-sea services even better. This rail connection allows us to offer the speed and reliability that transportation by trucks lack due to the road congestion on the A15-A16. Our expectations are high.”

Among the operators that already use Port Shuttle belong BCA Intermodal, IMS Rail Switzerland, Hupac Intermodal, Rail Cargo Austria and Operator Shuttlewise. Matthijs van Doom, Logistics Manager at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: “The PortShuttle is a service that genuinely adds value for the port of Rotterdam – increased ease in the exchange of containers, the strengthening of the rail product and a nice sustainable solution for the port.”

Author: Simon Weedy

Simon is a journalist for RailFreight.com - a dedicated online platform for all the news about the rail freight sector

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