Rhine-Alpine News

Strasbourg: Strong increase in port activities

Photo (PAS / Bartosch Salmanski): Strasbourg Port

Turnover in Strasbourg port has significantly bounced back in 2019, after the 2018 low water handicap. Total tonnage was 7.6 million tons, an increase of 28.5 %. Container traffic increased to 381,565 TEU (+5.6 %), of which 76,768 were handled by barges (+16.4 %).

During 2019, the port also registered more than 1.600 cruise ship landings with more than 230,000 passengers.

Read the detailed figures in the press statement (external link, French language).


Dutch railways prepare for arrival of international trains

Utrecht: Austrian railway operator ÖBB has announced to start a night service between Vienna and Amsterdam. Deutsche Bahn is preparing for a new set of faster trains to operate between Berlin and Amsterdam. Dutch operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) confirmed to this newsletter that it thinks about offering traction for these trains. NS therefore looks into leasing locomotives that can operate in both the Netherlands and Germany. The night train services will need no more than two locomotives, but the request includes an option for another 15 engines that would allow handling the Berlin trains and or other services.


15 organizations from the transport Sector call for a bold and realistic European Green Deal


Photo (Port of Rotterdam / Kees Torn): Wind turbines at Maasvlakte

Brussels: The Communication on the European Green Deal sets very ambitious objectives for the EU and sends a strong message to the rest of the world regarding Europe’s ambition to reduce emissions by at least 50% by 2030 and to transform its economy to become carbon-neutral by 2050. The European supporting associations representing logistics service providers, seaport and inland port authorities, shippers, inland waterways, combined transport operators, rail freight operators, port operators and terminal operators, marine equipment manufacturers and shipyards welcome the Green Deal. They believe that it can be an opportunity for Europe, particularly if it enables EU industries to benefit from a “new growth strategy” that will boost their competitiveness while becoming more sustainable. Such an ambition should be achieved while preserving a level playing field with other regions of the world.

The joint press statement of 11 February 2020 especially elaborates:

  • Achieving a carbon neutral transport sector,
  • Unleashing the potential of multimodal transport to reduce GHG emissions,
  • Providing legal certainty to early movers,
  • Mobilizing funding for research and dissemination of innovative solutions,
  • Ensuring a neutral approach when supporting innovation.

Find the complete statement here (external link).