Sète, France (PortSEurope) April 15, 2019 – Sète port plans investments worth €6 million ($6.8 million) to expand its railway platform, managing director Olivier Carmès has said.
“Shippers are increasingly thinking about how to transport trailers and containers by rail. It certainly took long to put the solutions in place, but once they are, the traffic becomes regular,” Carmès noted.
The future equipment will integrate the so-called “rolling loading” technique of trailers, that is to say horizontally, using ramps, instead of the vertical one with cranes. “This change will allow more productivity. In addition, all loaders will be able to use the platform, while vertical loading is not possible for everyone, “says Carmès.
A private operator will be responsible for the installation of the loading ramps and will operate the area. The current operator is Viia, a unit of SNCF Logistics and Le Boulou. The port of Sète has had rail experience for three years, with the Turkish carrier Ekol Logistics. From the port of Izmir, at a rate of two connections per week, trailers use the railway to Bettembourg in Luxembourg or Noisy-le-Sec and then service northern Europe.
The rail links also handle containers. The capacity of the complete trains reaches 38 trailers and 12 containers. The cargo transported is mostly car parts, household appliances and textile. The transfer of the current platform is made necessary by the project for the construction of a new maritime terminal. The future platform will come into service at the end of 2020.
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