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CargoBeamer's first intermodal test train between Marseille and Calais has been put into operation. Here's all you need to know

CargoBeamer's first intermodal test train between Marseille and Calais has been put into operation. Here's all you need to know
photo: CargoBeamer /Terminal Roulier Sud
30 / 09 / 2022

CargoBeamer wrote history by successfully running the first ever train with trailers between Marseille and Calais. The train serves as the first successful railway line for unaccompanied transport of craneable and non-craneable semi-trailers on the rail, a field CargoBeamer is specialized in. Traveling from the Port of Marseille Fos to the CargoBeamer-Terminal in Calais, the service enabled 28 units to be transported on sustainable rail instead of the road.

Like all CargoBeamer lanes, the train consisted of both CargoBeamer-railcars and twin pocket wagons. Traction was provided by DB Cargo France. In Marseille, the train was handled inside the Marseille Manutention Ro-Ro Terminal, owned by CMA Terminals, a 100% branch of CMA-CGM Group. By transporting semi-trailers from Marseille to Calais on rail instead of the road, each loading unit reduced its CO2-footprint by around 90%. For the whole train, this means reducing carbon emissions by around 30.8 tons of carbon emissions compared to road transport. 

Intercontinental connections via Marseille

The Port of Marseille Fos serves as the leading port in France and one of the largest ports in Europe. In 2021, it recorded an annual volume of 1.5 M TEU. With 90 direct shipping lines, Marseille connects southern France to locations in Northern Africa and the Mediterranean, while also offering routes around the globe.  

Tim Krasowka, Managing Director of CargoBeamer intermodal operationssays: "I am pleased to see the successful completion of our first test train between Marseille and Calais. In the Port of Marseille Fos, we have connected a highly interesting location in international supply chains to unaccompanied transport of semi-trailers on rail for the first time. Considering the fast growth of both the ports’ volumes and intermodal business in France, we are looking forward to exploring options of opening another CargoBeamer lane in this area.” 

Hervé Martel, President of the Port of Marseille Fossays :"The port of Marseille Fos has decided to fully support the destination growth in order to enhance its dynamism and development, as well as its attractivity by offering with its partners many economically interesting and environmentally friendly logistics solutions. This kind of new project initiated by CargoBeamer helps the port to position itself as one of the main RoRo hubs in the Mediterrean Sea area. This road to rail solution is contributing to reduce efficiently the the CO2 emissionswhich isindeed, a strong axis of the port strategyWe really hope this train wil bring many others ! » 


Source: CargoBreamer Press Releases


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