Istanbul, Turkey (PortSEurope) May 29, 2020 – Mars Logistics, a provider of international logistics, has operated a cargo train running from Eskişehir, in northwestern Turkey, and stopping at Halkalı, Istanbul, to Duisburg in Germany. The service used the Marmaray Tunnel (Marmaray Tüneli), a 13.5 km-long undersea railway tunnel in Istanbul, beneath the Bosphorus Strait, linking Kazlıçeşme, Zeytinburnu in Europe with Ayrılıkçeşmesi in Asia. This has substantial social, economic and environmental benefits, including reduced emissions of CO2, said Mars Logistics Board Member Gökşin
Günhan. With its geopolitical location, Istanbul is at the centre of both national and regional freight transport and road transportation is used as a transportation method. Moving cargo by rail will help countries reach emissions targets and the Marmaray rail line is used for freight transportation outside passenger transportation hours (0100-0500). In addition to the advantages of regular transportation, regular loading, regular unloading and fixed prices, the intermodal transportation method offers the advantage of control and follow-up with the fact that it is less affected by adverse weather conditions compared to other transportation systems, and all wagons are located in the same location. This is particularly useful during crises such as the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis. In the intermodal transportation system between Turkey and Duisburg, wholly managed by Mars Logistics, containers shipped with commodities from various parts of Turkey are transported via trains between Halkalı and Duisburg. After having arrived at Halkalı Terminal and pursuant to completion of customs clearances, the containers continue on train to reach Duisburg, Germany, after having passed Kapıkule customs through the route of Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Austria. Then, containers delivered to their various destinations via roadfreight. The new intermodal service, with a running time of 96 hours between Istanbul and Duisburg, is used by various industries, especially the automotive industry. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.
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