CargoBeamer Train Transports Semi-Trailers between Marseille and Calais

CargoBeamer has operated the first intermodal train to transport semi-trailers between Marseille and Calais, France.

The test train enabled 28 units to be transported on sustainable rail instead of by road, marking the first successful railway line for unaccompanied transport of semi-trailers.

By transporting semi-trailers from Marseille to Calais by rail, each loading unit reduced its CO2-footprint by around 90%. For the whole train, this reduced carbon emissions by around 30.8 tonnes compared to road transport.

Tim Krasowka, Managing Director of CargoBeamer Intermodal Operations, said:

“I am pleased to see the successful completion of our first test train between Marseille and Calais. In the Port of Marseille Fos, we have connected a highly interesting location in international supply chains to unaccompanied transport of semi-trailers on rail for the first time.

“Considering the fast growth of both the ports’ volumes and intermodal business in France, we are looking forward to exploring options of opening another CargoBeamer lane in this area.”

The train consisted of CargoBeamer-railcars and twin pocket wagons. Its traction was provided by DB Cargo France.

In Marseille, the train was handled inside the Marseille Manutention Ro-Ro Terminal, owned by CMA Terminals.