Arcese Logistics expands its P400 semi-trailer fleet

Arcese Logistics recently ordered 300 new semi-trailers fully compatible with the transport of P400’s. The latest purchase adds up to the company’s already existing P400 fleet, reaching the total number of 3,000 intermodal semi-trailers.

The specific move is directly related to the Ceneri Base railway tunnel opening at the Swiss-Italian borders and the facilitation of intermodal transport from Italy to Central and Northern Europe. Moreover, the anticipated infrastructural expansion in the region, which will allow the employment of 750 metres-long trains with a P400 profile, also played a central role. In that way, Arcese will enhance its activities more actively and promote smart and green transportation.

Strong intermodal presence

Arcese Logistics is serious about its intermodal transport business. The company is investing continuously in its European network, with its latest addition being the connection between Bologna (Italy) and Cologne (Germany). In coordination with TX Logistik, it launched a new intermodal freight service on the Swiss corridor between the Interporto of Bologna and the TKN north terminal in Cologne.

The new line is operational since 11 January 2021 with five departures per week, connecting the Emilia, Tuscany and Marche regions in Italy directly with the Ruhr area and allowing the transport of up to 15,000 large semi-trailers (P400) per year. The Bologna-Cologne train will pass through the new Ceneri Base Tunnel, which opened on 4 September 2020 and has made the Rotterdam-Genoa railway corridor even more efficient.

Ceneri Base Tunnel

Long-term cooperation

The fleet investment by Arcese is also indicative of a long-term relationship between the logistics company and Bernard KRONE Holding SE & Co. KG., a semi-trailer manufacturer. According to Pietro Bertolone, CEO of the Arcese Group, “the two companies continue on their innovation path and focus on sustainability on a European scale. Our investment and development policy focused on international combined transport represents the future in Europe”.

On his behalf, Bernard Krone, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Bernard KRONE Holding, commented that “on behalf of the Krone family and the entire Krone team, I would like to thank Arcese for the great trust and the extremely fair partnership we developed together over the years. We are very grateful that Arcese relies on Krone equipment again and again, and we look forward to working on further projects together in future”.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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