New service reduces emissions and truck traffic from Danish highways; offers new, more cost effective routing for shipping lines

Executives from APM Terminals Aarhus have announced a new rail shuttle service from the Port of Aarhus to serve the Danish capital of Copenhagen. The new service offers shippers a five hour transit time and frequency of up to three departures a week.

The new service promises significant Eco-benefits. The Copenhagen rail terminal is ideally located close to the main customers and distribution centers, removing truck traffic from Copenhagen streets and Danish highways.

‘At a time when shipping lines and the importer/exporter community are looking to save costs wherever possible, we feel this new service addresses the market needs, and the importance of lowering our carbon footprint,’ stated Jacob Flyvbjerg Christensen, Director of APM Terminals Aarhus.

The Port of Aarhus is Denmark’s main trade gateway. Major moving commodities include dairy products, meat, foodstuffs, and machinery.

Shipping lines calling APM Terminals Aarhus include CMA-CGM, MSC, Maersk Line, Eimskip, Containerships and Hamburg Sud but other lines including K-Line and Samskip also use the rail service with additional lines interested.

Started in 2001, APM Terminals Aarhus is a multi-user terminal that has expanded three times in eight years to meet market demand. The terminal offers operational excellence in container handling, on dock maintenance and repair facilities, access to warehousing and also provides special operations for wind turbines and project cargo.

Terminal specifications:
Berth productivity: 30+ moves per hour
Number of terminal gates: 6 lanes
Terminal Gates for Truckers: 12 minutes waiting time
Terminal area: 27 hectares
Reefer plugs: 538
Capacity: 410,000 TEU
Berth length: 1300 meters
Draft alongside: 15 meters
Gantry cranes: 8
Straddle Carriers: 14
Reach stackers: 4

2008 300,545 TEU. Growth of four percent over 2007.
2007 290,000 TEU. Growth of 36% over 2006.