Germany’s Bremen Port has upgraded its capacity though the building and putting to use of eight new freight railway tracks,to meet growth projections over the next 10 years.
Bremerhaven Port currently handles 570 freight trains a week on average, but with the new railway lines the number of weekly trains will be increased to 770.
According to reports,around US$4 million in funding for the upgrade is coming from the European Union through the TEN-T program, which promotes transnational transport.
Bremenports CEO Robert Howe said: “The expansion of railway facilities in the Kaiserhafen area, which was completed two years ago, has led to a first increase in the capacity of the harbor railway and is already proving its worth.
“In December, the harbour is home to a further ultra-modern eight-seater – rail infrastructure, which the location desperately needs if it wants to meet projected growth in the next decade.
“About every second hinterland container, which is handled by us, is already transported or transported by train today.Around 1.8 million cars – about 80% of the units handled – reach or leave the port in an environmentally friendly manner with freight trains”,he said.