Combined Cargo

More than two million tonnes of goods were again moved at the Intermodal Transport Terminal in 2017. The number of trailer units handled increased from 69,824 in 2015 and 76,012 in 2016 to 80,288 units and thus by 5.6 percent compared to the previous year.

The Intermodal Transport network was continuously intensified and extended. Currently there are 35 block trains operating weekly to and from Verona (14), Hamburg (5), Karlsruhe (5), Halle/Schkopau (2), Brno (6) and Wuppertal (3 times from 23 January 2018 instead of the connection to and from Duisburg operating until then).

The trend in intermodal transport was by contrast fair to middling last year especially due to the reduction of departures to Finland as well as due to quality problems in the railway network in the hinterland of Rostock port. The shifting of the Novara train in the second quarter of 2017 and the shutdown of the train to and from Wels once a week at the end of the year therefore had a dampening effect on the amounts carried in intermodal transport while the connections to and from Brno and Verona experienced an increase in frequency. All artners continue to work with to intensify individual services and build up new intermodal transport connections.  It is all the more heartening that it has been possible to build up a new block train connection for container transports between Rostock and Halle/Schkopau thanks to a strong commitment of, for instance, Stena Line, Deucon and Pressnitztalbahn, which connects Rostock with the Central German Chemical Triangle. This cooperative approach to developing new logistics concepts ought to be expanded.

 

Excellent conditions

The Rostock port is optimal connected with the German motorway network. North-south motorway A19 and west-east motoway A20 provide a direct access to the port.

The proximity of the terminal to the ferry and ro-ro berths provides short transit times through the port (e.g. train arrival at 2:45, loading at 6:00). Ideal conditions for the optimisation of the logistics chain are provided here at the Rostock seaport.

Since May 2012 ROSTOCK PORT GmbH has been converting the intermodal transport terminal south of pier I together with the regional construction company STRABAG AG without interrupting its day-to-day business. The new and efficient handling terminal for rail, road and seaborne cargo will be upgraded until February 2014 on an area of around 30,000 square metres. The whole Intermodal Transport Terminal covers approx. 70,000 square metres.

Apart from three additional tracks and the southern craneway girder the entire southern handling areas were newly built and construction of two gantry crane facilities was begun.

Land bridges via Rostock

Rostock has been connected to Europe’s largest seaport, Rotterdam, via the traffic hubs Hamburg and Duisburg. As a part of the interior transport network of the North Sea ports of Hamburg and Rotterdam Rostock has a  direct access to transatlantic shipping traffic.

This land bridge makes it possible for cargo to be transported from Rotterdam to Trelleborg, south Sweden in only 39 hours, and to Helsinki, Finland in only 61 hours.