Rhine-Alpine News

North Rhine-Westphalia: Inland Ports With Lower Throughput

Symbolic photo (HGK): Port of Cologne / Niehl

The ports in the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia report an 8% lower throughput in 2020, compared to 2019. The reduction is apparently caused by the Covid-19 crisis. Since the state includes Duisburg and other larger ports with a combined turnover of more than 100 million tons, the tendency may represent the whole of inland navigation along the Rhine axis.

The detailed figures can be found here (external link, German language). A previous decline, very visible in the report from data of some years ago, is caused by the decision that ended coal mining within the state. Shipping of other commodities has been fairly constant.

Antwerp: MSC Company Train to Vienna

Symbolic photo (MSC): Intermodal company train

The port of Antwerp is now connected to Vienna by an intermodal train, operating four times per week exclusively for MSC shipping line, and carrying overseas container. The detailed statement by MSC Austria can be found here (external link). It shows a strong commitment to transport via the North Sea ports.

To MSC, the location of Vienna and the rest of Austria makes Trieste a natural choice for traffic to and from the Far East. Nevertheless, the new Antwerp train helps with connections to and from all the rest of the world. This train uses the Rhine-Alpine corridor between Antwerp and the Frankfurt area.

Rhine-Alpine Talks on 16 April: “Inland Navigation”

We kindly invite you to the “Rhine-Alpine Talks” #8 on 16 April 2021, 11am – 12.30pm. It will deal with the topic The Unlocked Potential of Inland Navigation to Green Rhine-Alpine Corridor”.

Find the agenda and register for this meeting!

EGTC Rhine-Alpine: Vacancy Available for Project Officer

The Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor EGTC is looking for a part-time project officer for its specific activities. The EGTC participates with 32 partner organisations in the project PLANET – Progress towards Federated Logistics Through The Integration Of TEN-T into A Global Trade Network.

The PLANET project is funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 programme. It runs until May 2023. The officer will be in charge of the implementation of the EGTC tasks defined in the project’s work plan in close cooperation with the Director and the EGTC office. Find the details here and please forward this link to any person who may be interested.