Port of Esbjerg launches tender for operation of new terminal
The Port of Esbjerg is looking for a private operating to run and develop its new combi terminal.
The combi terminal consists of two tracks and covers a total area of 48.000 m2. It connects the Port of Esbjerg with the rail network and provides the opportunity to tranship and manage freight efficiently throughout Denmark, and then through the rest of Europe.
The purpose of the terminal is to ensure a better connection between road, rail and sea, thus strengthening intermodal freight transport. The project builds on the Danish political agreement “A green transport policy” and is in line with the European Commission’s goal of increasing intermodal transport, moving 30% of the goods transported by road in Europe to rail or sea by 2030.
Rail Net Denmark, the Municipality of Esbjerg and the Port of Esbjerg are all behind the project. The terminal is primarily expected to handle rail freight between the Port of Esbjerg, eastern Denmark and southern Sweden, but also to provide a feeder service to the terminals in Padborg and Taulov.
The terminal is expected to have sufficient capacity to handle up to three trains a day on the two terminal tracks.
The tender includes the development and operation of the terminal from Q1 2015. The operator will be required to define customer-related measures and activities, which can contribute to the development of the terminal and, as such, secure the necessary amount of freight.
Since 1868, the Port of Esbjerg has been a hub for trade and transport between Denmark and the rest of the world. Today, the Port of Esbjerg is an international transport center and an important Scandinavian port for import and export of goods. Last year, the port’s turnover of goods was 4.6 million tonnes.
In order to take full advantage of the opportunities in the terminal, it is furthermore fundamental that the operator is capable of developing the intermodal and multimodal services through both conventional and innovative tranship technologies.
Expressions of Interest must be registered on www.portesbjerg.dk by October 6, 2014. Any questions about the tender or the tender process can be sent via email to [email protected]