Innovative initiatives

Thanks to the Port Authority’s facilitating role and its partners entrepreneurial attitude the rail offerings within the port, and from and to the port have grown constantly. These initiatives ensure port customers of reliable rail connections to and from the European hinterland.

Antwerp Intermodal Solutions

To expand the rail services through new and improved connections, the Port Authority established Antwerp Intermodal Solutions

Participations in hinterland hubs

Parallel to the Antwerp Intermodal Solutions initiative, the Port Authority invests actively in a close collaboration with hinterland hubs (Genk, Grobbendonk, Liège, Brussels, Geleen, Duisburg, and so on…). This further enables the grouping of rail volumes from and to consumption, production and distribution centres. These initiatives result in efficient, reliable and sustainable transport alternatives for existing and potential customers.

Modal shift

To keep pace with the worldwide growth in (container) freight and the always bigger container vessels, it becomes more and more important for a port to offer alternative solutions to road transport for bringing cargo to and from destinations on the European mainland. Port of Antwerp therefore makes considerable efforts to extend its rail and barge service offer and to guarantee a fast and efficient inland navigation and rail transport to and in the port. 

The image below illustrates this modal shift ambition.


Optimised distributed rail transport in the port: Railport

Since the setup of Railport, one specialised, neutral port rail operator is responsible for the marshalling and transfer of cargo wagons between the Antwerpen-Noord marshalling yard, the different rail fans and the companies in the port. 

As such, the operator bundles cargo and ensures a more efficient use of the existing rail infrastructure. This offers many advantages:

  • faster transit of rail cargo in the port
  • lower shunting costs
  • several services per day
  • more flexibility for users

This pilot project initially covers two zones on the Right Bank of the Scheldt (zone Kanaaldok and zone Oosterweel) with B-Logistics making its transport network inside the port available to other rail operators. The expansion to the entire port area is possible after a positive evaluation of the pilot.

Railport Antwerpen NV is a joint initiative of the Port of Antwerp, Scheldt Left Bank Corporation, the Belgian Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences Industries Essenscia and Alfaport – Voka Kamer van Koophandel Antwerpen-Waasland, the federation of port-related and logistics companies in the port.

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Contact

Koen Cuypers

Function: 
Senior Advisor Intermodality & Hinterland
Address: 

Antwerp Port Authority
Port House
Zaha Hadidplein 1
2030 Antwerp

Katarina Stancova

Function: 
Advisor Intermodality & Hinterland
T.: 
0032 3 229 6679
Address: 

Antwerp Port Authority
Port House
Zaha Hadidplein 1
2030 Antwerp