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More weekly connections between Zeebrugge and Strasbourg

The train connection between Cosco’s CSP Zeebrugge terminal and Strasbourg in eastern France now runs with daily roundtrips between the two destinations. The service upgrade is in place since Friday 2 July. Trains travelling in this route also make a stopover in Antwerp. The product is offered by Naviland Cargo, in cooperation with CSP Zeebrugge and the Zeebrugge port authority.

Zeebrugge is continuously seeking partnerships that will help enhance inland transport by rail. It is an integral part of many railway companies’ networks, while its proximity to Antwerp provides interconnectivity in multiple routes.

Win-win situation

Strasbourg is a hub in Naviland Cargo’s transport network, while Zeebrugge is also n important connection. “There was a need to increase the route’s capacity, which led to more weekly roundtrips”, said Lindsy Mertens from Naviland Cargo’s Antwerp office.

In the same way, the CSP terminal sees many benefits from the development. “The Strasbourg region has many forwarders and is therefore important for the development of the hinterland network of Zeebrugge,” commented Johan Abel, chief officer logistics & sales, at Port of Zeebrugge tells us.

Moreover, the initiative to increase the service’s frequency is a response to a repeated problem of intermodal transport. As Abel underlined, “intermodal connections are often a chicken-and-egg story where charterers wait for carriers and vice versa. By making that connection more competitive in partnership, we break that vicious circle.”

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Editor at RailFreight.com

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