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16 April 2014
New European intermodal traffic routes, first terminal in Austria

It is not only major and smaller shipping companies that are forming alliances – ports are also improving the intermodal transport options that are available by merging several ports or by connecting them in a network. InlandLinks is an online platform for box terminals in the hinterland with intermodal services from and to Rotterdam, that comprises nearly 70 terminals based in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Italy, Austria and Hungary.


The InlandLinks network is a means of shortening and optimising transport routes. WienCont, a trimodal container terminal located in Vienna (Austria), was recently added to this new network – thus becoming the first terminal in Austria in the alliance. This development was announced by Allard Castelein, the director general of the Rotterdam port authority, at the traditional lunch that the Rotterdam port community hosts for shipping lines based in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg and active in the Dutch hub.

 

InlandLinks comprises nearly 70 terminals based in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Italy, Austria and Hungary. WienCont handles approximately 200,000 waggons annually at its seven-track railway terminal. The units are on their way to or from German cities, Rotterdam as well as places in Central Europe. An inland shipping link to the ARA ports on the North Sea coast and to the ports on the Black Sea shores is also available to shippers in the form of the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal.

 

Castelein pointed out that shipping companies, much like terminals, are greatly expanding their commercial activities in the hinterland. The efficient and well-planned management of the handling of empty containers plays a major role in this endeavour. InlandLinks’ empty container tool is a valuable instrument for shipping line marketing activities in the hinterland.

 

InlandLinks is an online platform for box terminals in the hinterland with intermodal (rail or inland shipping) services from and to Rotterdam. It contributes to increasing intermodal transport’s share in the modal mix. Estimates indicate that container flows on inland shipping routes and by rail will increase three-fold over the coming 25 years. The network is an initiative of the port of Rotterdam and was established two years ago, in collaboration with Vito, an association of inland terminal operators.

 

Source: International Transport Journal

 




 

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