"RailRoCargo", the joint product of Cuxport, DFDS Germany and TRANSA Spedition, is celebrating a milestone: in September 2017, the five millionth ton of cargo was transported to the Cuxport terminal in Cuxhaven for onward shipping to the UK.
The “RailRoCargo” joint venture has been in existence since 1982 and includes the preliminary transport of goods by TRANSA to Cuxhaven, mainly by rail. At the Cuxport terminal, the goods are transferred from the rail wagons onto DFDS MAFI roll trailers in a covered area. These are subsequently shipped by Ro/Ro cargo ferry to Immingham near Grimsby & Hull on the East coast of England, where DFDS takes over the storage of the freight and its distribution to British consignees by truck.
The types of goods handled include mainly steel, paper, timber and building materials. Timber products, for example in the form of floor coverings, are currently the strongest growth segment, with an increase of 97 per cent compared to last year. “We can also handle project cargo such as rolling stock at the terminal using our harbour cranes, which have a lifting capacity of up to 90,718 kilograms," says Roland Schneider, Head of Business Development at Cuxport.
Depending on load type, a rail wagon with a capacity of 90 cubic meters or 54,431 kilograms of goods corresponds to a loaded MAFI roll trailer or up to three truckloads. "The combination of rail transport and MAFI roll trailers in maritime transport avoids placing further strain on the roads and the environment while still achieving a high degree of profitability," explains Kay-Uwe Mu¨ller-Gericke, Business Development Manager at TRANSA Spedition GmbH.
"With five weekly ferry crossings in each direction, we offer a high frequency of departures and load capacity, which allows us to have a fast through-flow of goods. Our customers in particular appreciate the needs- based availability of their goods stored by DFDS in the sales markets,” says Joachim Wo¨hlkens, Sales & Marketing Manager Shipping Logistics at
DFDS Germany in Cuxhaven.
Cuxport GmbH operates a multi-functional handling terminal at the deep-
water port of Cuxhaven. Cuxport not only provides extensive port
handling facilities, but also has an ideal geographical location for all
kinds of maritime traffic and the best possible links to destinations
further inland. The company is a joint venture where Rhenus SE & Co.
KG holds 74.9 percent of the shares and HHLA Container Termains
GmbH 25.1 percent. The Rhenus Group is a logistics services provider
with global operations and annual turnover of ZAR 79 billion. Rhenus
has business sites at over 580 locations worldwide and employs more
than 28,000 people. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is one of
the leading logistics services companies at the North Sea ports.
For over 60 years, TRANSA Spedition GmbH has been one of Europe's
most successful transport and logistics service providers with a
turnover of 360 million Euros in 2016, around 500 employees, 26 branch
offices in Germany. TRANSA works with more than 300 partners and
more than 3,000 truck units of various sizes and specializations and
organizes about 1800 transport a day on road and rail. TRANSA is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Schenker AG.
DFDS provides shipping and transport services in Europe, generating
annual revenues of ZAR 29bn. To over 8,000 freight customers, we deliver
high performance and superior reliability through shipping & port terminal
services, and transport & logistics solutions. For six million passengers, we
provide safe overnight and short sea ferry services. Our 7,000 employees are located on ships and in offices across 20 countries. DFDS was founded
in 1866, is headquartered in Copenhagen, and listed on Nasdaq
Copenhagen. DFDS' business structure consists of two divisions, Shipping
and Logistics. DFDS Shipping operates one of the largest networks of ferry
routes in Northern Europe, including our own terminals in key locations. All
routes operate on fixed schedules and are strategically located to provide
freight services to forwarders, hauliers and manufacturers of heavy goods.
The Logistics Division provides European door-door transport solutions to
manufacturers of consumer and industrial goods. The main activity is full-
and part-load solutions, ambient and temperature-controlled. Logistics
solutions are developed in partnership with retailers and producers,
including warehousing services and just-in-time concepts. Solutions are
supported by a European network of road, rail and container carriers and
DFDS' ferry routes.