H.Essers realises first direct Genk-Triëst rail connection 

H.Essers realises first direct Genk-Triëst rail connection 

Since mid-February 2019, two (soon to be three) direct freight trains leave Genk every week to Triëst in northern Italy. Together with railway company Lineas Intermodal, our customers can now use the first direct Belgian freight train connection to the northern Italian city of Triëst. A new and important step in our synchromodal services.

Several trains depart every week from the H.Essers Railport Genk train terminal to the Italian port of Triëst. The Italian city is in a key position for further shipping to Greece and Turkey. This is not only an expansion of the existing H.Essers network, but also a strong optimization of the synchromodal solutions we offer our national and international customers. “We are able to transport practically all classes of dangerous goods,” says CEO Gert Bervoets. “For example, we can transport the liquid bulk shipments from tank container specialist Huktra, which we took over in 2018.” Moreover, the train connection contributes significantly to the sustainability of the logistical connection with Southern Europe. The brand-new rail and water connection is expected to take more than 9,000 transports off the road every year. It means CO2 emissions on this route will be reduced by no less than 90%.

Use of Safebox

For the Genk-Triëst connection, our in-house developed Safebox will be used. This container is specifically designed for secured/cold chain transports and can be electronically locked. The Safebox and its integrated state-of-the-art technology enables the H.Essers control tower to monitor transports 24/7 and to intervene when necessary. With the Safebox, even temperature-sensitive goods can be transported to Greece and Turkey unaccompanied and be monitored constantly. “By doing so, we are building on the high quality standard for our three strategic customer segments – chemical, pharma and high value – in a sustainable and future-oriented manner,” adds CEO Gert Bervoets.

Do you want more information about this brand-new rail connection? Niels Page will gladly help you: niels.page@essers.com.

Discover our complete synchromodal strategy here.