Rail Cargo
8. March 2024

Red Sea trade routes closure: Lineas and CSP Zeebrugge set up new train connection between Zeebrugge and Graz.

Lineas, in collaboration with CSP Zeebrugge, has set up a new train connection between Zeebrugge and Graz, Austria on behalf of COSCO Shipping Lines. This solution comes in response to the logistical challenges caused by ongoing attacks by Houthi rebels, which have made the usual route along the Red Sea and via the port of Piraeus, Greece, temporarily impossible for COSCO Shipping Lines.

The need to find an alternative route quickly brought Lineas and CSP Zeebrugge together to create an efficient and flexible solution. The train service between Zeebrugge and Graz provides a fast and reliable connection for the delivery of freight from Belgium to Austria.

Bernard Gustin, Executive Chairman of Lineas, stated, “We are pleased that we were able to respond quickly and effectively to the challenges faced by our COSCO Group partners. This new connection highlights the flexibility of our network, and we are committed to continuing to provide innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers.”

Tom De Wannemacker, Business Development Manager at CSP Zeebrugge, added: “The cooperation with Lineas allows us to maintain the reliability and customer focus of our service, even in challenging times. We are very pleased with the speed and flexibility with which Lineas has been able to implement this solution, and we look forward to further expanding our freight transport capabilities.”

Original article HERE

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