The COMBINE partners had a chance to learn more about the hub for multimodal transport flows in Luxembourg, Eurohub South, when they visited the Bettembourg-Dudelange intermodal terminal, which is located next to the logistics park, the international marshalling yard and the secured truck stop area. Despite the foggy weather, the COMBINE partners were eager to take a bus tour around the public terminal located right between the cities of Bettembourg and Dudelange, have a close look at the work of a terminal and hear more about the horizontal handling technologies.
At the beginning of the visit, Eric Lambert, Senior Business Development Manager at CFL multimodal, presented the partners the logistic solutions and freight activities of CFL multimodal, which is the leading intermodal transport provider and logistics operator in Luxembourg. The vision of CFL multimodal is to develop Luxembourg as international multimodal hub by proposing innovative and value-added logistics solutions, connecting main ports and European economic centres, and supporting the economy and industrial activities on a national and regional level.
While Luxembourg is a landlocked country, it is linked to major European ports via a dense railway network and the Rhine-Mosel waterway. The combined terminal is ideally positioned in terms of multimodal transport flows across Europe and beyond, since it is located at the crossroads of the main north-south and east-west transport routes, close to Belgium, Germany and France and with links to big ports of the North Sea, Baltic Sea and Southern Europe. Regular combined trains connect Luxembourg to major European ports and industrial regions. In addition to the Eurohub South, the international airport and the inland Port of Mertert ensure that Luxembourg can play a leading role in multimodal freight transportation as hinterland port and as distribution center.
Paul Kronenberger, Senior Commercial Manager at the CFL Terminals, guided COMBINE partners around the intermodal terminal, which is equipped with latest technology when it comes to safety and surveillance. At the photo gate, trucks are photographed several times for safety and control reasons and their number plates are registered. The registration takes place at the entrance gate and can even be taken care of in an electronic kiosk. The trucks carrying cargo pass the gauge control gate, where the physical control of the intermodal transport unit takes place with the aid of the electronic weighing system.
The Bettembourg-Dudelange intermodal terminal is open 24/7 and equipped for horizontal and vertical transshipment of containers, swap bodies as well as cranable and non-cranable semi-trailers, having a capacity of 300 000 handlings a year. It has four 700-meter-long railway tracks, two gantry cranes and two reach stackers. The capacity of rail motorway is 300 000 trailers a year, and the two Lohr platforms equipped with Lohr Railway System technology allow the horizontal transshipment of non-cranable semi-trailers. At site, the COMBINE partners were very interested to observe the functioning of this system close by. At the end of the tour, the partners had a chance to visit the control tower where the operations of the rail motorway platforms and the rail tracks of the combined terminal are supervised.
The study trip to this multimodal transport hub demonstrated the COMBINE partners how the new technology improves the terminal operations and the combined transport chains and helps to protect the environment via the modal shift from road to rail, whether it is a question of CO2 savings, energy consumption or external costs to society.