Rhine-Alpine News

Basel port: Voters support big logistics project

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The port of Basel intends to build a third harbour basin. Last Sunday, the voters of the Canton Basel-Stadt convincingly supported these plans with a majority of 57 % to 43 %. Planning and construction can now go ahead.

Basel is not only the largest port of Switzerland and a main port at the upper Rhine, but also a transit port for cargo between north-western Europe and Italy, as well as a transfer hub between rail and inland waterways. Read more about the project here (external link, German language).

Basel port: New barge service to Rotterdam and Antwerp

Basel terminal operator Swissterminal and DP World will operate a new barge feeder service from Basel to Germersheim (between Karlsruhe and Mannheim), starting in 2021. From Germersheim, regular DP World services run to Rotterdam and Antwerp, connecting with many terminals. Read more here (external link, German language).

DB Cargo to connect ports at Rotterdam and Antwerp with Europe’s economic hubs

DB Cargo is to offer new connections to and from Europe’s two largest ports in Rotterdam and Antwerp. From December, these new daily connections will link the western ports with the most important economic hubs in Germany. From next year, the transport volume on these connections is due to grow by around 100,000 containers per year.

“We are constructing the same kind of connections for our customers in Antwerp and Rotterdam that have proven so successful for many years in other ports like Hamburg. We are ready! The new departures from the western ports alone will take 70,000 lorries off the roads, relieving both infrastructure and the environment”, says Dr Sigrid Nikutta, Board Member for Freight Transport at Deutsche Bahn and CEO of DB Cargo. Read the news here (external link).

Rhine-Alpine talks “Smart Logistics”

The “Rhine-Alpine Talks” #5 are ready to start on 4 December 2020, from 11:00 – 12:30 h and will deal with the topic: “Smart Logistics“. Our invited speakers represent policy makers as well as smart mobility experts from practice. Please check the agenda, become part of the corridor community and register here for this meeting.