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Hupac packs a bigger punch in Antwerp
Swiss Federal Office of Transport. April, competing directly with
But Bertschi stressed: “We are “sea motorway” ferry services.
looking ahead and investing in the Next March another terminal
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wiss combined transport op- Swiss Federation. The terminal is future...In the last year, more than opens in Antwerp. As previously
erator Hupac has officially important for further develop- CHF60M flowed into new roll- reported, this is known as
opened its new terminal on ment of combined transport, em- ing stock and terminal infrastruc- Combinant and is located north
schedule in the Port of Antwerp. phasised Hans-Jörg Bertschi, ture and investments of around of the oil and chemicals area. Oc-
As previously reported, the 53,000 chairman of the board of Hupac, CHF30M are planned for 2010.” cupying 90,000 m
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and represent-
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terminal is located close by DP at the opening ceremony. Despite the crisis, Hupac has ing an investment of €29M,
World’s Churchilldok operation, “Green logistics is a reality, extended its transport network. Hupac has a 35% stake in this
and is run as a sub-concession despite the economic crisis,” said New connections between Ant- project, which is led by chemicals
from DP World. Bertschi. “Companies that want to werp and Spain/Portugal were giant BASF. SNCB’s intermodal
It is equipped with five switch to environmentally friendly introduced last April and Poland daughter Inter Ferry Boats also has
(un)loading tracks served by three transport can now count on suffi- o/d traffic was expanded at the a stake, while Wincanton will be
all-electric widespan RMGs from cient capacity and proven quality end of July with a new link be- involved in managing operations.
Hanz Künz and has a capacity to in the Antwerp area.” tween Schwarzheide (Dresden)
handle 12 620m long train pairs/ year for combined transport and the year and, the last few months, and Katy Wroclawskie (Wroclaw). Sounding a warning
day, equivalent to 600 road con- All comers Hupac recorded a double digit even rose slightly. (A similar pic- In August Romania was added Clearly Hupac is heavily commit-
signments. Annual capacity is es- The terminal caters for marine drop in traffic for the first time in ture has been painted by Germa- to Shuttle Net, with a new four ted to Antwerp, but it’s not all a
timated at 200,000 intermodal transport and continental trans- its > 40 year history. The number ny’s Kombiverkehr, the biggest pairs/week service between Bu- bed of roses. Bertschi criticised
units, of which around 20% is ex- port for industries based in the of road consignments it trans- combi-operator in Europe). dapest and Curtici (Arad). This “the false liberalisation” of large
pected to be maritime business. harbour area and is open to all rail ported fell by 13.5% to 607,284 As Bertschi put it: “In com- will soon to be extended into the parts of the rail freight industry in
Initially it is handling five train operators. Competition creates (one UIRR road consignment parison with other modes of trans- Ploiesti industrial region. Europe and identified services
pairs per day - two to Switzerland dynamics within the world of rail can be roughly equated to 2 TEU). port, we got off lightly.” Hupac In the next few months new such as shunting, fuelling and loco
(Basel and Aarau), and three to and ensures attractive offers, thus Within the Shuttle-Net division adjusted to the the lower demand products will be added on the maintenance in Antwerp as a par-
Busto Arsizio/Gallarate terminal, convincing the transport sector of (unaccompanied transports), trans- by reducing frequency on some north-south axis. A Köln-Novara ticular problem area that leads to
near Varese, for onward connec- the strengths of combined trans- alpine shipments were down by routes, although taking care not (CIM freight village) service will higher costs and inefficiencies.
tion to Hupac’s Italian network. port, said Bertschi. 13.6% to 406,946 and non-trans- to harm performance. It adopted be followed by Rotterdam-Verona Hupac has 100 shareholders and
Known as Hupac Terminal “We want to get long distance alpine shipments were down by flexible resource planning with the and Antwerp-Verona (both 72% of its share capital of CH20M
Antwerp (HTA), the facility is transport in Europe onto the rails 11.4% to 190,340. RoLa consign- railways, postponed lower prior- Interporto Quadrante Europa) belongs to logistics and transport
owned by a Belgian-registered thanks to open rail markets by the ments were down by 39.5% to ity investments, introduced short- links. These will all go via the companies. Only 28% is held by rail
company, Hupac Intermodal year 2020. HTA is a strategic re- 9998 HGVs. However, following time working in the terminals and Lötschberg tunnel, which can now companies. This classic UIRR set-
BVBA. The investment cost of source to implement that vision.” a 25% fall in traffic in 1Q/09, the other economy measures together cater for trailers with a corner up, it is argued, ensures closeness to
€22M was partly financed by the Of course 2009 was a crisis trend stabilised over the course of with the rail companies and the height of 4m. In addition, a Busto- the market and independence from
Barcelona link is planned for this the railway companies. ❏
Running French combi-terminals
Réseau Ferré de France (RFF), Meanwhile, Lorry Rail, the
the French rail track authority, is consortium that operates the
to launch a series of tenders aimed Perpignan-Bettembourg rail mo-
at attracting new managers for torway, is part of a consortium
each combined transport termi- with SNCF and OptiCapital that
nal in France. Paris-Valenton will has bid to operate a new autoroute
likely be the first to be offered. ferroviaire Alpine via Mont Cenis,
The initiative follows an agree- once the tunnel gauge enlarge-
ment reached with GNTC, the ment works to allow 4m high
combined transport [users’] asso- trailers on Modalohr wagons has
ciation, last December. RFF owns been completed. This would com-
all the terminals, but in effect prac- plement the existing Lyon-Torino
tically all the equipment and op- (Aiton-Orbassano) service that is,
erations are effectively controlled in effect, limited to tank trailers/
by SNCF, through its 100% stake tanktainers on chassis.
in Naviland Cargo and its 85% France’s transport minister
control of Novatrans. Dominique Bussereau is in any
The competition authorities case drafting a new law aimed at
allowed SNCF to take control of promoting non-road solutions for
Novatrans last year only on con- Franco-Italian and Franco-Iberian
dition that open access was main- trades. As regards the latter the
tained. RFF obviously agrees with main emphases are the autoroute
GNTC that the best way to en- ferrviaire Atlantique project, for
sure this is to have different man- which Lorry-Rail, OptiCapital
agers for each terminal. The two and ECR/Combi Ouest are com-
sides have also agreed to work to- peting, and the “sea motorway”
gether to improve service, with the between Gijón and St Nazaire. A
emphasis on better paths, longer three times/week each way ro-ro
trains (max. 750m today) and de- service is due to be introduced by
veloping new “rail motorways” LDA and Grimaldi this Spring. ❏
(autoroutes ferroviaires). ● SNCF wants to take a majority
GNTC also wants terminal share in Lorry-Rail, as part of a
managers to be responsible for planned €10M capital increase
local drayage of swap bodies, just next month. Today it has a 12.5%
as Naviland takes care of local share. (for full list see WorldCargo
trucking for shipping containers. News, April 2007, p41) . ❏
ICF and IFB develop services
Intercontainer-Interfrigo (ICF) completes our network optimally,”
and SNCB’s Inter Ferry Boats said ICF’s MD Bart van der
(IFB) are co-operating to develop Cruysse. “Our common target is
combi-services on the Belgium- to shift more transports from road
Germany-Austria-South East Eu- to rail.” Paul Wouters, IFB’s GM
rope-Turkey axis. Starting next added: “In the last couple of
month, a new connection will link months we had a lot of demand
Antwerp (Main Hub and for connections towards South
Combinant) with the Sopron hub, East Europe and Turkey.
with stops in Köln and Vienna and “This network provides direct
further antennae in Austria. This access to more than 20 destina-
will provide customers with steel tions in Central and South East
wheel transfer choices for other Europe and Scandinavia and pro-
ICF services, for example to/from vides an important competitive
Scandinavia. Initially three pairs/ advantage for IFB.” ❏
week will be provided. ● Antwerp operator PSA-HNN
In addition, the existing Genk- has consigned traction of its Ant-
Oradea service is now stopping at werp-France intermodal services
the Sopron hub, to serve the re- to SNCF, through CapTrain Ben-
gions of Vienna, Bratislava and Bu- elux (the new name for SNCF
dapest, or for transfer to linked rail Benelux, ITL Benelux and Veolia
connections to the whole Balkan Cargo Nederland). The slots are
area. As the three times/week marketed by SNCF’s affiliate
Genk-Oradea service was normally Naviland Cargo. A fixed 80 TEU
fully-booked, frequency has been consist departs Noordzee termi-
increased to four weekly pairs. nal four times/week (possibly five
“With IFB, we have a partner times/week shortly) for Lyon,
with a strong commitment that Marseille/Fos and Barcelona. ❏
40 February 2010
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