TX Logistics links jointly operated Duisburg terminal with Padua in Italy
TX Logistik will commence a new and frequent intermodal connection between the Interporto Padova terminal in Italy and the Ziel terminal in the logport III area in duisport. The service will commence on 2 May and run four times per week both ways, focusing mostly on the transport of truck trailers.
The main customer for the service will be the Italian transport and logistics provider Trans Italia, which primarily deals with road transport. However, the Italian company is on a greening journey currently, trying to use multimodal and intermodal transport more within its network, hence the new rail service. TX Logistics said it will cover all services included in the new partnership, considering the company also operates the Ziel Terminal in Germany, along with partners duisport and Samskip.
An interesting aspect of the new service is that it could also extend to the Balkans. As the railway operators explained, the Interporto Padova terminal is 25 kilometres away from the port of Venice, which serves short-sea connections with several Balkan states. Simultaneously, since the Italian region is the country’s third most important exporter, with close ties with Germany, the service could soon see more cargo onboarding the trains.
Samskip, TX Logistik and duisport started a joint venture in late March to operate the combined transport terminal Logport III in Duisburg. The new entity was named Ziel Terminal, with the purpose of taking over the terminal’s management in the form of a long-term lease by duisport. Before, the terminal was operated by Samskip Van Dieren Multimodal. Samskip will hold 49,8 per cent of the shares, and duisport and TX Logistik each will hold 25,1 per cent, respectively.
The terminal covers a surface area of 140,000 square metres. It is armed with seven transhipment tracks able to handle trains up to 720 metres in length. The facility can rely on two shunting tracks and two gantry cranes for the transhipment from road to rail. The terminal is also equipped with a control tower system, high-tech gate functions, OCR scanning. At Logport III it is also possible to carry out railcar repair operations. The total capacity of the terminal is currently 250,000 loading units.