Railways News 08-2017
The Albatros network is growing
TFG Transfracht connects the ports of Wilhelmshaven and Koper
TFG Transfracht, the market leader in seaport hinterland transport, is expanding its network for international container transports. In May 2017, TFG Transfracht integrated the port of Koper in Slovenia into the Albatros network, offering three weekly trains. The JadeWeserPort is now also part of the AlbatrosExpress network. Three weekly connections with 20 routes now link Wilhelmshaven with the most important economic centres in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Due to strong demand, a fourth import and export departure will be offered in Wilhelmshaven from September 2017.
Port of Koper Luka
The Slovenian port is a triumph of economic policy. In 2016, around 850,000 TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit) were transhipped in Koper, and the port has its sights set on further growth. Slovenia has recently agreed to expand the current single-track railway to Koper. The port recently completed construction of two super-post-Panamax cranes to allow 20,000-TEU cargo ships to be unloaded there.
Exciting developments are also happening at the JadeWeserPort in Wilhelmshaven. According to the operator Eurogate, around 482,000 TEU were transhipped at the container terminal in 2016, nearly 13 per cent higher than the previous year. And the future is looking even brighter. The German government’s maritime transport forecast predicts that the deep-sea port will be transhipping around 3.4 million TEU in 2030.
The extensive AlbatrosExpress train system – with more than 13,000 connections each year and more than 22 terminals – is the most highly developed network in European seaport hinterland transport. TFG Transfracht now offers connections to four ports: Hamburg, Bremen, Wilhelmshaven and Koper. TFG Transfracht is a Deutsche Bahn AG company, with a transport volume of 910,000 TEU (2016).