Railways News 11-2017
More albatrosses to Wilhelmshaven
TFG Transfracht increases train frequency to the JadeWeserPort
At the beginning of September, TFG Transfracht, the market leader in containerised seaport hinterland transports, increased the number of round trips to Wilhelmshaven by one departure a week. The reason behind this development is the growing volume of freight transhipped at the JadeWeserPort, and the accompanying demand for rail freight transport services.
Transhipment volumes were low at the JadeWeserPort for a long time. However, turnover has increased massively since the 2M alliance between the Danish logistics company Mærsk and their Swiss competitor MSC began handling transport operations to East Asia there – transhipment volumes reached 482,000 TEU in 2016. In April 2017, six further container shipping companies established operations in Wilhelmshaven.
In May 2017, TFG Transfracht included the JadeWeserPort in its timetable for the extensive AlbatrosExpress service for the first time, with three weekly connections. The addition of the fourth weekly connection coincided with the fifth birthday of Germany’s only deep-water port on 21 September 2017. The growth potential is huge: the container terminal has an annual capacity of 2.7 million TEU.
TFG Transfracht currently offers four weekly connections on 20 routes, linking Wilhelmshaven with the most important economic centres in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The DB subsidiary, with its extensive AlbatrosExpress network, offers daily connections linking the ports of Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven with more than 15,000 towns and cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. (mh)