CargoBeamer, one of the leading logistics service providers for transporting non-craneable semi-trailers by rail, will launch a new service in Italy. Starting from mid-February, CargoBeamer will connect its terminal in Domodossola to Bari, one of the leading logistical hubs in southern of Italy. The new service will be offered both as a gateway connection Kaldenkirchen – Domodossola – Bari and single route Domodossola – Bari. It is available for craneable and non-craneable semi-trailers, containers, swap bodies, silo- and Frigo trailers as well as the transport of waste. Additionally, CargoBeamer has grown its Kaldenkirchen – Domodossola route to 20 rotations per week as of this week.
Between Bari and Domodossola, CargoBeamer will initially offer 3 rotations per week. Trains to Bari will be running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, while departures going northbound to Domodossola are offered each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The new service will start on February 17th from Kaldenkirchen and February 19th from Domodossola & Bari. Rail traction is provided by Sangritana, an Italian rail operations provider that brings in specific expertise on traction services in southern and central Italy. From Bari, several maritime connections on RoRo/RoPax vessels will allow clients to start or extend transports by using the maritime service of Grimaldi Lines to Patras and Igoumenitsa (Greece). Further maritime connections to Durres (Albania) and Yalova in Turkey close to Istanbul are also available. Thanks to a business partnership with Grimaldi Lines, customers will be able to make a single booking for the entire route from/to Patras to/from Kaldenkirchen. By introducing this new service portfolio, CargoBeamer offers a true “Intermodal Long Bridge” between Greek, Turkish and Albanian ports, and northwestern transport hubs such as Rotterdam, Antwerp, Zeebrugge, and Calais.
In addition to providing this extension to Bari to its transalpine route, CargoBeamer is also strengthening the schedule on the Kaldenkirchen – Domodossola corridor itself. Since February 5th, it operates three additional rotations per week between Germany and Italy. The new total frequency of now 20 weekly roundtrips once again proves to be a record for the highest density of train trips on a single connection between two intermodal terminals in Europe. With the new schedule in place, CargoBeamer now offers up to four daily departures per direction between Germany and Italy, meaning maximum flexibility to its clients for shifting road transports to environmentally friendly rail.
Boris Timm, Chief Operating Officer at CargoBeamer, says: “This year, we at CargoBeamer aim to strengthen our service portfolio on the Transalpine corridor once again – and these two measures mark the start of a number of initiatives. The increase to 20 weekly rotations proves that our Kaldenkirchen – Domodossola route is already amongst the most successful connections in European combined transport. Additionally, by adding the extension to Bari as a destination from both Kaldenkirchen and Domodossola, we are expanding to the Mediterranean and Italian markets. The route to Bari will make the services of CargoBeamer available to several new Southern European transport operators, will diversify our customer portfolio, and allows non-craneable semi-trailers to travel unaccompanied between the Mediterranean and the German-Benelux region at scale, saving about 2,000 kg of CO2 per trip compared to using the road.”
The CargoBeamer Group is an innovative logistics service provider in the combined transport between road and rail. As a pioneer in decarbonizing freight transport in Europe on a large scale, its mission is to improve the environment with disruptive and cost-effective solutions to shift freight transport from road to rail. The CargoBeamer system, consisting of patented wagons, transshipment terminals, and logistics software, enables especially non-craneable semi-trailers to be transported by rail, resulting in a significant reduction of CO2 emissions and other external costs. Presently, trains are operated in Germany, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. The company is creating a European network of efficient CargoBeamer terminals, connected in fixed timetables with intermodal trains in high frequencies. This means climate-friendly rail transport for hundreds of thousands of semi-trailers per year and a significant relief for the environment and society.
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