Intermodal service between Vienna and Rostock, Germany, has commenced, creating a direct link between Central Europe and Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltic states.
The service will mainly carry cranable trailers, but containers and non-cranable trailers can also be transported on the train. It is operated by European Rail Shuttle and Wiener Lokalbahnen Cargo. Cooperation with the company CargoBeamer has made it possible to carry the non-cranable trailers on this route.
The service will start with two turnarounds per week, which is planned to double after six months. The aim is to have one departure per working day, or six times per week.
The Port of Vienna acts as a hub for southern and Southeast Europe, while the Port of Rostock offers more than 120 departures per week in ferry and roll-on, roll-off transport to Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The two ports initiated the project but as the providers of infrastructure do not offer transportation services themselves.