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22 May 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 19:00 GMT+2

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DFDS buys German railway company primeRail

New Rail division established

The Danish shipowning and logistics group DFDS today signed a agreement to buy the German railway company primeRail which was established in 2019 and with which in 2020 the Danish group had set up Intermodal Transport in Cologne competence Center with the aim of offering intermodal solutions to own customers. Peter Gellert Pedersen, Executive Vice President and Head of DFDS' Ferry Division, pointed out that the acquisition represents an important step in the development of the presence of the Danish group in the intermodal sector by combining the rail and sea transport

With the acquisition DFDS establishes the new Rail division in to which primeRail activities and activities converge intermodal so far operated by the Danish group. The new area of business will be part of the Mediterranean division of DFDS and will be led by Patrick Zilles, current CEO of primeRail.

"Since mid-2018, since we acquired the our Turkish route network - explained the head of the Mediterranean business unit, Lars Hoffman, referring the acquisition of the Turkish U.N. Ro-Ro ( of 7 June 2018) - we have learned how much value the solutions of Rail transport can add to our model of business and our network. We have expanded our network and, with the centralization of attention on green solutions, the further Development of train-based solutions is a step away natural. Since 2018 we have doubled our number of trains weekly and it is therefore natural to take the next step. We have seen a growth in transport demand Rail combined with our ferry and logistics services. Partnering with primeRail allows us to offer additional solutions intermodal. Customers can deliver units at the our terminals in Turkey and pick them up in Europe very close to the final destinations'.

Samer & Co. Shipping, general agent of DFDS, pointed out that, in this context, the role of of the motorway of the sea managed by DFDS in the port of Trieste through its subsidiary Samer Seaports & Terminals, given that the acquisition of primeRail will make more and more central the Julian port as access of goods to the market European. Already today the goods arrived in Trieste from Turkey through the motorway of the sea reach by train numerous destinations in northern and central Europe for a total of ninety trips a week.

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