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EUR 35-million train terminal to arrive at North Sea Port

After the DFDS train terminal and the Volvo train to China, Ghent will have a new important train connection extending into Eastern and Southern Europe. Flanders-based forwarding company Transuniverse Forwarding and Turkish logistics group Ekol Logistics are investing EUR 35 million in a new 40-hectare terminal at North Sea Port. Daan Schalck, CEO of the port, is delighted with the planned investments: “We have been encouraging expansion via the railway network for years. This cooperation fits in perfectly with the multimodal concept that we have in mind and shows that strong train links are starting to develop.”

Train in port

In addition to a gigantic platform for goods processing equipped with 140 loading docks for trucks, there will also be a rail terminal and a terminal for the transport of vehicles and containers to the UK. According to the initiators, this massive project will provide several hundred direct and indirect jobs.

The goal: to double traffic in 5 years

With the new terminal, Transuniverse Forwarding expects to double its traffic within 5 years. “We have seen constant growth over the past four years,” says Frank Adins, founder and CEO of the Transuniverse Forwarding freight forwarding company. “Our warehouses in Wondelgem are full and we cannot expand there. That's why we're building a new warehouse at Kluizendok in Ghent, where we'll have 10 hectares at our disposal.”

Railway transport as a solution to traffic jams

Transuniverse Forwarding will also build a rail terminal at the same location. A ro-ro (roll-on-roll-off) terminal is also planned for construction in a later phase. The terminals require an investment of at least EUR 35 million. The new warehouse is about 20,000 square meters in size and should be ready by the end of 2021, and the train terminal by the end of 2020.

Transuniverse is putting a lot of effort into the railways. Adins: “Traffic jams are not going to disappear, but seek to get as many trucks off the road as possible. That’s why we’re investing in this rail terminal together with Ekol Logistics. We have been working with Ekol, which boasts more than 4,000 trucks and 7,000 employees, for a long time. The firm is also involved in rail transport, and together we want to connect our Ghent terminal with the south of France and Eastern and Central Europe via a rail link.”

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Transuniverse ForwardingEkol Logistics
Reported by
De Tijd newspaper
29 July 2019

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