A new rail service from the Italian port of Trieste to and from its Zeebrugge hub has commenced this month, says P&O Ferries. The twice-weekly service is a new Ekol block train that is operated by Hupac and is expected to carry around 5,000 shipments per year from Trieste’s EMT terminal. 

It will be the first direct train that will connect Turkey, Iran and the Middle East with the Benelux countries and all the UK, in a totally green mode, without using a single driver. 

Janette Bell, MD P&O Ferries, said: ” We expanded our operation at Zeebrugge last year so that we now have capacity to ship 700,000 units per year and can continue to grow.” P&O Ferries has 98 sailings across the North Sea every week – to the ports of Tilbury, Hull and Teesport. 

P&O Ferries has reported that rail volumes at its continental hubs in Zeebrugge and Europoort grew by 14 per cent in the first half of 2017. Its operation at Zeebrugge already has connecting rail services to Segrate, Busto and Novara in Italy and Oradea in Romania. 

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