Bettembourg, 14 September 2012 – The first train has done a first round-trip to Trieste and back this week and is scheduled for its second run tomorrow morning.
With three round-trips per week, the train will transport mega-trailers with goods originating from various inland locations in Turkey. After arriving in Trieste via ship from the Turkish ports of Istanbul, Izmir and Mersin, the trailers continue via train and through the Bettembourg multimodal terminal to various destinations in Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, France, Germany and vice-versa. CFL Multimodal is the operator of the new shuttle train, while CFL cargo provides haulage on the German and Luxembourgish segments of the route.
From origin to final destination, each trailer will travel more than 2,500 kilometres. With about 10,000 mega-trailers scheduled to be transported during the first year, the train will significantly contribute to the reduction of road congestion. It will also enable a reduction of CO2 of 13,000 tonnes representing a reduction of 75% of CO2 emissions in comparison with the equivalent transport via road.
Upon arrival at the CFL Multimodal terminal in Bettembourg, the trailers are unloaded and the goods are delivered to the final customer. Thanks to its extensive infrastructure and the wide range of its service offering, CFL Multimodal can provide full-service logistics solutions, including cross-docking, partial shipments, grouping, warehousing and distribution on behalf of MARS Logistics.
This project is receiving funding from the European Union's funding programme Marco Polo.
Mr. Garip SAHILLIOGLU, CEO of MARS Logistics, adds: "The new train shuttle enables MARS Logistics to expand its European business. By consolidating our merchandise flows into a shuttle train from Trieste to Bettembourg, we increase the efficiency of our distribution in Europe, while at the same time reducing the CO2 emissions."
Mr. Fraenz BENOY, Managing Director of CFL Multimodal, explains: "Thanks to the ideal geographic location of the Bettembourg terminal in the heart of Europe and its 30-year experience in multimodal transport, CFL Multimodal is able to fulfil the expectations of international players, such as MARS Logistics, and to contribute to the diversification of the Luxembourg economy. This project is a perfect fit for the strategy of developing Luxembourg and the surrounding regions as a European logistics hub."
Mr. Fernand RIPPINGER, CEO of CFL cargo, states: "The aim of our development strategy is to offer our international clients a door-to-door logistics service. We are able to do this thanks to the cooperation with our subsidiaries, our sister-company CFL Multimodal and our partners in other countries and on other continents."
About MARS Logistics
MARS Logistics Group is a well-established corporate logistics company providing clients a large selection of import-export operations, road, air, sea and rail freight, customs clearance, insurance and logistics solutions, with a professional and integrated approach.
The group includes MARS Logistics International Freighting Warehousing Distribution, MARS Air and Sea Cargo and MARS Insurance companies.
Mars Logistics is proud to operate one of Turkey's biggest fleets with 1000 self-owned trailers, to be one of the top 3 rail forwarders in Turkey, and to be on the Top 10 IATA List as airfreight forwarder since 2007.
MARS Logistics, together with its sister companies, employs a professional workforce of more than 850 employees, owns a strong infrastructure and an excellent communication network, all of which enable the company to implement its full-service policy.
About CFL Multimodal
First multimodal operator in Luxembourg, CFL Multimodal offers a wide range of high-value-added logistics services: combined rail-road-sea transport, rail freight solutions, road transport solutions, distribution, warehousing and all other services of the logistics chain, including parcel services and customs clearance, as well as logistics solutions customized to fit the customer's needs.
The 340 employees in six companies, which complement each other in the areas of logistics and combined transport, share a Quality-Safety-Environment culture that enables CFL Multimodal to be an efficient and responsible player in the logistics market.
The ideal geographic position of the Bettembourg terminal at the heart of Europe positions CFL Multimodal as a central logistics hub able to provide regular transport relations to Europe's major industrial areas as well as to the ports of the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and Southern Europe, in cooperation with its rail freight sister-company CFL cargo.
About CFL cargo
CFL cargo was created by the merger of the freight department of the Luxembourg national rail company (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois) and the internal transport department of the Luxembourg production sites of ArcelorMittal.
With 400 employees, a fleet of more than 70 locomotives and 4000 wagons, CFL cargo offers customer-oriented services, including regional or international freight transport, the rental of wagons, the formation of complete trains, the issuing of waybills and the maintenance of wagons.
Together with its subsidiaries - CFL cargo Deutschland, CFL cargo Danmark, CFL cargo Sverige, CFL Fret Services France and Ateliers de Pétange – and with sister-company CFL Multimodal, CFL cargo operates on the main European North-South and East-West routes.
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Photo legend (from left to right): Alex KREMER - Directeur Général CFL, Fernand RIPPINGER - CEO CFL cargo, Garip SAHILLIOGLU - CEO MARS Logistics, Etienne SCHNEIDER - Ministre de l'Economie et du Commerce extérieur, Claude WISELER - Ministre du Développement durable et des Infrastructures, Celalettin KART, Ambassadeur de la Turquie au Luxembourg, Fraenz BENOY - Administrateur Délégué CFL Multimodal