A German company is planning to open a rail freight “motorway” to Russia from the new Calais Premier logistics park.
CargoBeamer is targeting the UK logistics industry with the system, which lifts unmodified semi-trailers onto trains.
Construction at the site begins early in 2012, and will be completed by 2014.
he CargoBeamer systems uses parallel, rather than sequential, loading. The company reckons that 98 per cent of non-craneable trailers can be on the train within 15 minutes.
“CargoBeamer offers the only fully-automated system for transferring non-craneable semitrailers onto the railway and vice versa. Within one of our CargoGates, we can shift up to 10 times more trailers to trains than a crane terminal can operate,” said CargoBeamer’s marketing, sales and finance director Michael Baier.
“We have chosen to base our facility at Calais Premier as it’s strategically an important location, close to the UK and the extensive European rail network.”
The firm’s goal is to have 75 of CargoGates in Europe, creating a network of all freight centres and connecting all European cities, from Glasgow in the west to Moscow and Istanbul in the east.