Lineas adds port of Moerdijk to Green Xpress network
Starting on February 4, a new regular service connects the Port of Moerdijk, in the Netherlands, and the port of Antwerp three times per week. The new service is operated by Lineas and adds to its Green Xpress Network, which already included five weekly roundtrips between Antwerp and Rotterdam. The line has a total transport capacity of 270 TEU per week.
The connection between Rotterdam and Antwerp will now intensify with eight weekly roundtrips in total. With the new service, Lineas embraces connectivity with port destinations even more and expands its preexisting network. “Europe’s Western ports are major hubs for global freight. The demand for a partner that transports different types of goods flexibly and reliably, while simultaneously contributing to the environment, leads more and more ports to rail”, commented Olivier Deprez, Director of Network Management and Alliances at Lineas.
The Port of Moerdijk is the fourth largest and most inland located port in the Netherlands. Positioned around forty kilometres away from Rotterdam, it handles about 2,000 ocean-going and 11,500 inland waterway vessels per year. Additionally, it has been an active promoter of hinterland transport and port-to-port transport by rail. “The Port of Moerdijk is committed to making its services more sustainable. Logistically, we focus with our customers on promoting the modal shift and expanding the short sea network” said Jayand Baladien, Commercial Director at Port of Moerdijk.
The Moerdijk-Antwerp rail link will provide the port with access to Lineas’ European network and strengthen its strategic position. As a result, it can contribute to establishing a multimodal and sustainable hub in Moerdijk. “Moerdijk is an important logistical centre for Europe. We are proud to support their growing business needs and contribute to their ecological targets with our leading rail freight services. The connection fits our ambition to connect all Europe’s Western Ports with our growing international network to meet our customers’ needs”, concluded Deprez.