Intermodal transport on the upswing.
„Train driver“ – this one was right at the top of the wish list for many of us when we were asked: “What do you want to be when you’ve grown up?” What we probably did not consider back then might have been the fact that today, this job brings with it a position to contribute personally to the reduction of emissions in cargo transport.
Fact is that intermodal transport leads to the significant reduction of emissions due to shifting cargo transhipment from road to rail and sea. Compared to road transport, rail traffic produces a lot less emissions in terms of fine particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and greenhouse gases. Intermodal transport (rail/ship) has gained more and more importance in the past couple of years. With the ferry connections to Scandinavia and to the Baltic States we even offer the cream of the crop in Kiel: the “multi-modal transport” (rail + sea + road) – and this is true for both, the economical and the ecological spirit.
Intermodal transport has grown in importance in recent years. In 2020, 33,000 freight units were transported by rail rather than road at the port of Kiel. The transport shift “from road to sea” is an important contribution to climate protection that takes cargo traffic off our national and international roads. To this end, we keep extending the share of railway transport together with our partners. So being a train driver is a job with a future!
The VEGA project in cooperation with CFL is an important puzzle piece of our BLUE PORT strategy. Only about 10 percent of the trailers on European roads dispose of the equipment required for railway transport, to be lifted by a crane and put down on a wagon. In order to do so, the trailers need to have reinforced biting edges. For the purpose of finding a solution for the remaining 90 percent of the road trailers and to allow for non-craneable trailers to be transhipped with intermodal transport, the VEGA system has been invented. The trailer can be steered onto this platform at ground level without using a ramp. It is the platform that is then lifted together with the trailer and put into the pocket wagon of the train.
Six Reasons Why.
In order to further develop intermodal transport,
we are expanding.
The intermodal railway shuttle offers regular rail connections for semi-trailers, swap-bodies and containers from Kiel to destinations in Germany and Europe-wide.
With its own track network and the shunting station in Kiel-Meimersdorf the PORT OF KIEL offers optimum requirements for rail transport from and to all port areas in Kiel.