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Rail freight interface to link Turkey with Paris

Date: 12/10/2015

Intermodal service connects weekly Izmir-Sète ro-ro service with French capital and beyond.

A new freight service combining ro-ro and rail transport will link Turkey with Paris and markets beyond.

Turkish intermodal operator EKOL and SNCF’s Logistics’ subsidiary Viia have teamed up to launch a rail freight ‘motorway’ service between the French Mediterranean port of Sète and a Paris rail hub.

Last year, EKOL launched a weekly ro-ro service between the Turkish port of Izmir and Sète with a capacity of 180 trailers and a transit time of 48 hours.

“For the first anniversary of our ro-ro service between Izmir and Sète we are pleased to announce its continuation to Paris by rail, making it a truly unique multimodal transport solution,” said EKOL's chairman Ahmet Musul.

From mid-October 2015, the new rail motorway service will operate twice weekly from Sète to Noisy-le-Sec in the suburbs of the French capital. But there are plans to increase the frequency to three times weekly or more very soon after launch.

Source: Lloyd’s Loading List

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