Leading logistics solutions specialists P&O Ferrymasters and the Transmec Group are partnering to expand their intermodal operations with the launch of a regular rail service linking Italy and Romania.
Using private rail operators under a dedicated company train concept, the Italy-Romania intermodal service starts on June 1 with two departures per week each way between Piacenza and Oradea, leaving every Wednesday and Saturday. An additional weekly departure is planned within a few months. Key features include a fixed terminal-to-terminal transit time of 40 hours, up to 80 weekly slots, an own-asset fleet of 300 Huckepack trailers and more than 2,500 45-foot containers, forward shipments/collections and an extensive office network with dedicated staff.
Responding to increasing customer demand, the launch follows the success of the intermodal operation between Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Romania launched by the companies in 2014.
Coinciding with the new service, P&O Ferrymasters and Transmec have invested 50/50 in the Oradea facility to set up their own private terminal – replacing the current Romanian railhead in Curtici – and are now upgrading the infrastructure. Future operations and marketing will be geared towards providing terminal services to third party rail operators as well as hosting the partnership’s own trains from Zeebrugge and Piacenza
P&O Ferrymasters is one of Europe’s leading specialists in tailor-made transportation, logistics and supply chain solutions. With origins from 1953, the company is part of P&O Ferries – owned by Dubai World – and operates from 22 strategic locations in 12 European countries.
Transmec Group is a global provider of transport and logistics services with an annual turnover of more than 300 million euros. Established in Italy in 1850, the company is now based in 28 locations across Europe and has four depots in Romania. Group headquarters are in Campogalliano, Modena.