Intermodality: enhanced multimodal transport services in Europe

The new connection between Italy and the main industrial centers in Poland and the Czech Republic has been launched

The intermodal link connecting central and southern Italy with the Silesia region in Poland and the north-east of the Czech Republic is operational thanks to Arcese's new multi-commodity and multi-customer company train. The rail service connects the terminals of Manopello - Interporto D'Abruzzo in Southern Italy and Ostrava-Mošnov, managed by Innofreight, and is operated by partners Captrain Italia in cooperation with Sangritana, Budamar Logisitcs, a.s, and ČD Cargo.

There are currently 2 departures per week with transit times of 4-5 days door-to-door exclusively with mega XLS semi-trailers. The plan is to increase to 3 weekly roundtrip departures from October 2022.

The opening of the new route responds to the Arcese Group's strategy of developing intermodal services (road - rail) along new axes/corridors. Indeed, more and more customers are choosing combined services as a reliable and environmentally sustainable transport solution due to the reduction of CO2 emissions by up to 40%. Suffice it to say that for every route travelled by a single train along this axis, no less than 190 tonnes of CO2 will be saved compared to the equivalent road transport, a benefit that totals more than 54,000 tonnes of CO2 saved by the end of the year.

"Combined transport is a growing market whose development is strongly influenced not only by demand, but also by loading capacities, connections and the quality of services offered," said Guido Pietro Bertolone CEO of Arcese, who continued: "The outlook for the coming years is one of dynamic growth in intermodal transport, which as part of the European Green Deal will contribute substantially to the decarbonisation of global supply chains. By developing more sustainable transport solutions and increasing the share of intermodal services for our customers, we can support the EU's long-term strategy and thus the modal shift'.

“At the heart of Arcese's intermodal strategy is the strengthening of the network on the north-south axis and the expansion of the network on axes with great growth potential such as south-east, south-west and north-east Europe” says Emanuele Arcese Road Freight FTL Director. “Not only that: this development for Arcese means investing in company trains capable of guaranteeing loading capacity and competitiveness for customers, in strengthening collaborations with key partners at European level as well as in the standardisation of the semi-trailer fleet”.

Today, Arcese's multimodal, integrated and international network counts connections throughout Europe: from Spain to Romania, from Turkey to Scandinavia with more than 80 daily departures. Intermodal and rail transport is a pillar of the Group's business strategy to respond to the principles of sustainability and safety that have always guided the company's choices on a global level.

Last year, the Arcese Group handled more than 250,000 trips of which 40% were in combined road/rail and short-sea traffic with an increase of 6% compared to the previous year and confirming volumes in line with the pre-pandemic traffic of 2019.