DP World's Rotterdam World Gateway opens rail terminal
The Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) container storage and transhipment terminal has welcomed the first commercial freight train as part of an ongoing start up process.
RWG said in a release that the arrival of the train was a milestone in the start-up of ‘the most advanced and most automated container terminal in the world’.
The terminal, an international consortium comprising terminal operator DP World and four shipping lines APL, MOL, HMM and CMA CGM, opened in October 2014 and began 24/7 operation in May.
Containers can now be delivered to or collected from RWG by rail, road and barge.
The rail terminal has two rail cranes and six 750m tracks where containers can be handled independently of cargo handling operations for container ships.
The train was operated by Rotterdam Rail Feeding on behalf of Distri Rail with direct services to Ludwigshafen, Frankfurt and Duisburg, with connections to other destinations.