The objective of this project is to upgrade the existing rail ferry link between the ports of Trelleborg (Sweden) and Sassnitz (Germany) in order to increase the share of rail and intermodal transport on the Swedish-German corridor in particular and the Sweden-Central Europe/Italy corridor.
Improving the existing rail ferry service by offering more capacity, more efficiency, faster handling in the ports and more flexibility due to the option of a sixth departure, will help it to compete with alternative and less sustainable routes on this transport corridor. Improving the infrastructure in the ports will enable operation on a sufficient volume base combining rail and intermodal transport. The project aims to increase the volumes to 3 million tons of rail and intermodal transport by 2018. The overall corresponding modal shift is 1.4 billion ton km per year in 2018 and 2.1 billion ton km per year in 2028.
Its main achievements are:
• Integration of IT systems of the Port of Trelleborg, CargoNet and Scandlines AB
• Adaptation of berths in the Port of Trelleborg (additional roadside ramps and wider breakwater)
• Extension and improvement of the Port of Trelleborg (reconstruction of four rail tracks, making double rail shunting possible, and new areas to handle and temporarily store intermodal units)