The port of Marseille Fos, Haropa (alliance of the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris), is working with the operator French combined transport Naviland Cargo SAS, to launch the new rail shuttle that will connect three times a week, each of the two French ports at the Chavornay terminal, located near Lausanne in French-speaking Switzerland.
This double Franco-Swiss shuttle scheduled to start in September is presented this week to shippers, importers and freight forwarders in Geneva and Lausanne by the two port facilities in the presence of delegations Marseille and Le Havre. The Grand Maritime Port of Marseille (GPMM), as a specialist in the Mediterranean, and Haropa, as a specialist in the East-West, come to present their assets from the point of view of complementarity.
France Helvetia Express will start Monday, September 3, with three departures per week in each of the two basins of Marseille port. “Naviland Cargo will provide Fos with a train of 480 metres every Friday, Mondays and Tuesdays at 5 pm. In Marseille, departures will take place on Fridays, Tuesdays and Mondays at 12 am. Arrival at the Swiss terminal in Chavornay is scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3 pm, “says Fatiha Jaureguy, the head of GPMM’s Trade Department.
The two port establishments, optimistic, have set themselves the goal of eventually sharing a 100% fill rate. Before doing so, they should, according to the sales manager, start successively in 2019 with a rate of 40% for imports and 30% for exports, then 60% for imports and 45% for imports. at the end of the year, 75% in one direction and 65% in the other. It focuses on the creation of this double rail shuttle by Haropa and the GPMM to allow to bring back the Swiss flows currently captured by the ports of North Europe to the Atlantic coast and the Mediterranean.
President of Via Marseille Fos (VMF), Stephan Snijders, said that there is a usefulness to make work together the ports of Marseille and Le Havre logistically in both directions, and that the creation of this service is a first step.
According to him, after having conquered the Swiss clientele, Marseille port will be able to provide a useful service for industries located in the Benelux countries, Germany, Austria and other countries of the North.
Naviland Cargo provides cargo transportation services and is part of SNCF (Société nationale des chemins de fer français), France’s national state-owned railway company.
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