The port of Strasbourg (PAS) has selected Lauterbourg Rhine Terminal to operate its multimodal facility from September 2020.

The contract runs for an initial five-year term and includes renewal options for up to 15 years depending on investments carried out.

Lauterbourg Rhine Terminal will offer container handling services at the 6 ha river terminal. The company said that its trimodal handling capacity will be 80,000 teu per annum.

The terminal will also be able to handle heavy cargoes via its ro-ro ramp and a 200-tonne lifting capacity crane.

French and German logistics companies will be involved in the terminal’s operation including: Paris Terminal; Compagnie Fluviale de Transport (CFT), a subsidiary of Sogestran Group; Haeger & Schmidt; along with the port of Strasbourg.

Jean-Louis Jerome, general director of the port of Strasbourg, said: "We have chosen Lauterbourg Rhine Terminal as the future operator of the Lauterbourg multimodal activities because it is a unique alliance of advanced skills in multimodal logistics that will meet the challenges of a terminal whose hinterland straddles France and Germany.”

Heiko Brückner, general director of Haeger & Schmidt Logistics, added: "We already offer several stops per week at our terminal ETK in Kehl, as well as the Rhine Europe Terminals in Strasbourg. Lauterbourg opens up effective opportunities to offer multimodal services to our customers in areas further north, on both sides of the Rhine.

“Aside from container handling, we also want to develop heavy packages in Lauterbourg, the two key skills of our company.”