New regular Lineas Intermodal service for 3MCT (Vlaeynatie) links North Sea Port with ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge

25 March 2019


Since February, Lineas Intermodal and 3MCT (subsidiary of Vlaeynatie) have been collaborating on a new regular service between the port area of North Sea Port and the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge. Three train per week depart from the 3MCT terminal in Westdorpe, just across the Dutch border along the Ghent-Terneuzen canal, to the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge. The containers are intended for export to the deep-sea market via the Belgian ports.

Lineas Intermodal has been providing a new regular service for 3MCT, which recently took over the activities of Swagemakers Intermodaal Transport, since February. A train runs three times a week from the 3MCT terminal in Westdorpe in the Netherlands to the Deurganck quay on the Left Bank in Antwerp (quay 1742 on Mondays and Wednesdays, quay 1700 on Friday). The same train is also used flexibly to the Cosco Shipping Ports in Zeebrugge.

For this route, Vlaeynatie resolutely opted for a further expansion of a multimodal system via 3MCT (3 Modal Container Terminal): “The delivery of containers by inland shipping is at times highly susceptible to congestion on the waterfront of the large terminals at the Deurganck dock. In addition, we try to avoid road transport as much as possible due to traffic congestion. An efficient rail connection proved the better solution,” says Dirk Vercruyssen from Vlaeynatie. “Thanks to this new traffic of three trains per week, we keep about 19,000 trucks of the road between North Sea Port and the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge per year.”

 “The new regular service is a good example of how, together with our customers, we can realise the modal shift of freight traffic onto the railways,” says Sam Bruynseels, managing director of Lineas Intermodal. “By using the railways for all our transport between the major ports, we are taking concrete action to counter mobility problems.

Since 4th February, Lineas has been running a block train between Westdorpe and Antwerp and/or Zeebrugge. In time, this link could be developed into a regular daily service.