Transmec Group and P&O Ferrymasters are expanding their successful intermodal operations by partnering to launch a regular rail service linking Italy and Romania.
Using private rail operators under a dedicated company train concept, the service starts on June 1 with two departures per week each way between Piacenza and Oradea, leaving every Wednesday and Saturday. An additional weekly departure is planned within a few months.
The service provides a major new freight transport option for companies serving markets in southern and eastern Europe.
Key advantages also include:
- Fixed terminal-to- terminal transit time of 40 hours
- Owned train
- 80 weekly slots
- Own-asset fleet of 300 Huckepack trailers and more than 2,500 45-foot containers
- Forward shipments and collections
- Extensive office network and dedicated staff
Responding to increasing customer demand, the launch follows huge support for the intermodal operation between Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Romania launched by the companies in 2014.
Coinciding with the new service, Transmec Group and P&O Ferrymasters have invested 50/50 in the Oradea facility to set up their own private terminal, replacing the current Romanian railhead in Curtici.