Dutch transport group Samskip Multimodal and Turkey Netlog Logistics Group subsidiary Intercombi (ICL) Transport, have created a joint venture (JV) called GreenBridge in order to offer high frequency multimodal services between Europe and Turkey.

The JV will initially offer three block trains per week linking the Samskip rail terminal in Duisburg to the Port of Trieste for on-connection to ships operating between Trieste and Istanbul.

Samskip intends to increase the block train service frequency to five departures a week in the near future.

GreenBridge services will provide customers several advantages like faster transit times, removal of border delays, traffic jams, and lower fuel costs compared to road transport.

"We will have the flexibility to adapt the number of containers and semi-trailers carried."

Furthermore, the multimodal solution significantly reduces CO2 emissions offering flexibility on equipment selection up to and including 45ft containers and trailers.

The JV will combine rail, road and sea services with modern equipment to offer a sustainable transport service. Moreover, it will also bring together the benefits of Samskip’s European multimodal network and Intercombi’s industry experience and expertise in the Turkish market.

Intercombi general manager Gökalp Çak said: "We will have the flexibility to adapt the number of containers and semi-trailers carried by GreenBridge to market demand.

"Based on our traffic predictions, if the same volumes were moved over the road using trucks, CO2 emissions would be up to 275% higher."

Samskip Multimodal COO Diederick Blom said: "This joint initiative fits in with the on-going demand for sustainable multimodal transport solutions between Turkey and Europe perfectly."

Image: GreenBridge services will connect Turkey to most European destinations. Photo: courtesy of Samskip.