Wilhelmshaven, June 9th, 2021 | In the middle of the week, the new NORDFROST railway system, which connects the company’s seaport terminal with the public rail network, was inaugurated for the first time within a small circle. Combined transports are now available for all types of goods, which further increases the attractiveness of the Wilhelmshaven container port. This offers a high potential and best conditions for the fast handling of container traffic.
Tuesday evening the time had come: the first train passed the entrance to the NORDFROST seaport terminal in the Wilhelmshaven container port. The locomotive brings 18 wagons, loaded with almost 200 new cars from the manufacturer Audi, to a total of approx. 2 km long railway system. Coming from the north, it goes straight into the 33 hectare NORDFROST site, parallel to the border of the neighboring port handling facility and along the company’s new heavy goods hall. Here the 500 m long train comes to a stop so that the cars can be unloaded over the last wagon using a mobile ramp on a large asphalt area. This is where the first inspection of the vehicles takes place before they are brought to a neighboring area rented by Audi within the freight transport center (GVZ) of the port and temporarily stored there. “Here in the port we find the best conditions for the requirements of our automotive logistics,” says Markus Gumbiller, outbound control at Audi AG, with conviction.
Picture: Björn Lübbe