Freightliner buys European intermodal operator

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Freightliner is to take over European intermodal rail operator ERS Railways from Maersk Line.

ERS provides services from European ports including Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Lübeck and Rostock as well as continental European rail services for intermodal operators and forwarders.

Corridors served run through continental Europe to various destinations in Italy, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic.

Freightliner chief Peter Maybury said: “The acquisition of ERS is a very good fit with our growth strategy and further extends our profitable footprint, following our successful entry into the Polish and German bulk haul markets over the last seven years and our entry into Australia in 2009. The business has a strong management team who share our service-led approach, and we look forward to supporting them as ERS continues to grow its continental European intermodal services.”

Rotterdam-headquartered ERS was founded in 1994 as an intermodal rail freight operator and became licensed as a railway undertaking in 2002.

It owns 47 per cent of, the Germany-based railway undertaking being active in German maritime hinterland traffics.

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