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Closure of Red Sea trade routes sparks new rail freight service between Zeebrugge and Graz

The private rail freight company Lineas, in cooperation with the container handling company CSP Zeebrugge, has established a new train connection between Zeebrugge, Belgium and Graz, Austria, on behalf of COSCO Shipping Lines. 

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This solution is in response to the logistical challenges posed by the ongoing attacks by Houthi rebels, which have temporarily disrupted COSCO Shipping Lines’ usual route via the Red Sea and the port of Piraeus, Greece.

The need to find an alternative route quickly brought Lineas and CSP Zeebrugge together to create an efficient and flexible solution. The train service between Zeebrugge and Graz provides a fast and reliable connection for the delivery of freight from Belgium to Austria.

We are pleased that we were able to respond quickly and effectively to the challenges faced by our COSCO Group partners. This new connection highlights the flexibility of our network, and we are committed to continuing to provide innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers, said Executive Chairman of Lineas Bernard Gustin.

Tom De Wannemacker, Business Development Manager at CSP Zeebrugge, added:

 The cooperation with Lineas allows us to maintain the reliability and customer focus of our service, even in challenging times. We are very pleased with the speed and flexibility with which Lineas has been able to implement this solution, and we look forward to further expanding our freight transport capabilities.