Metrans opens new HHLA container hub

Rail operator, Metrans, a subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), has opened a modern container hub terminal in Česká Třebová in the Czech Republic.

By doing so it’s strengthening its position as a leading rail operator in hinterland transportation to and from the German seaports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven.

The operator invested €16.5m in the terminal’s construction – which is all part of its intermodal strategy to create a basis for a considerable rise in container volumes across central and eastern Europe.

Česká Třebová has the capacity to process around 150 trains a week and space to store 4,500 standard containers, but this could be expanded over the coming years. Its already been handling more than 100 trains a week since the start of May.

Klaus-Dieter Peters, chairman of the executive board, HHLA, said: “We now intend to increase our market share in Germany and Austria with each step. Not only is this service very attractive from a commercial standpoint, it also strengthens the particularly environmentally friendly transport chain of train and ship. Railways are the future of overland transportation in the modal split.”

Metrans says that a particularly attractive feature of the new hub terminal for customers is that it can handle shuttles meaning that trains no longer need to be pre-sorted at the seaport and can be loaded with unsorted containers bound for different destinations. The containers are then sorted at the hub before going on to their final destinations.

The hub has three portal cranes spanning 90 metres and six sidings, each 630 metres in length. This enables the terminal to handle block trains, eliminating the need for time-consuming and costly shunting of train carriages.

Česká Třebová is of key strategic importance for freight transportation because it’s strategically placed on the pan-European traffic corridor on route 22 of the Trans-European Network. Consequently, the construction project is receiving funding from the European Union of around €2.7m.

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Source : maritimejournal

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