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Last week, the Dutch multimodal operator Multi Modal Rail B.V. launched a new container rail service between Rotterdam and the French town of Ottmarsheim.
Starting with one round trip per week, the shuttle connection is expected to swiftly expand to two round trips per week. The train calls on each of Rotterdam’s major terminals. After being loaded in Rotterdam on Thursday, the shuttle departs from the sea port on Friday and arrives/departs in Ottmarsheim on Saturday. The train is back at Maasvlakte for unloading on Sunday morning. The shuttle service is offered as a complement to the two existing container rail services between Rotterdam and Strasbourg.
MMR consequently maintains three scheduled services per week between Rotterdam and the Alsace/Haut-Rhin region. ‘It’s a fine addition to our existing connections with the region – basically, everything south of Colmar can be served more effectively via Ottmarsheim,’ says MMR’s General Manager Benjamin Hottier.
MMR executes its regional approach from both hubs. Thanks to this combination of services, the company’s clients have better access to Alsace at lower costs: they can save on last-mile haulage costs while enjoying the favourable transit times offered by rail.
MMR will be sourcing its trains from Logistic Intermodal Service B.V. (LIS). LIS promotes freight transport via rail and makes its trains available to other multimodal operators and/or conventional carriers.
Source: Port of Rotterdam
This article first appeared on www.hellenicshippingnews.com
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