Container Terminal Herne - small video about the arrival of the test train

Container Terminal Herne welcomes test train from China

Glück auf!, the test train is coming! Today, after 17 days and 11,300 rail kilometres the cargo train coming from the Chinese Lianyungang at the Yellow Sea reached the Container Terminal Herne (CTH). The test train marks the start of cooperation between the Port of Lianyungang and the Wanne-Herner Eisenbahn- und Hafengesellschaft (WHE) as shareholder of the CTH. Both partners intend to establish a regular rail connection between both cities in the future.

During a small welcome party WHE managing director Christian Theis was delighted by having gained a potent partner in China: „The connection opens an important extention of their existing networks to the WHE and its customers. The other way round, the Port of Lianyungang makes accessible not only the Ruhr area by the connection to the CTH as a hub, but also further European conurbations, such as Milan, Verona, Vienna, Malmö or Copenhagen.“

The Mayor of Herne Dr. Frank Dudda emphasized the importance for the City of Herne within the centre of the Ruhr Metropolis as place of destination of the rail connection: „We focus on the brand „Centre of the Ruhr area“. This offers us bright prospects for many enterprises being located here and with worldwide expansion opportunities.“

The Kazakh logistics company KTZ Express, a subsidiary company of the State railway company, played an important role, both, on the route of Lianyungang-Herne, and while establishing the business connection. Gregory Vojak, Independent Board Member of KTZ Express, has specially arrived in Herne for welcoming the test train. For him the Container Terminal at the Wanne west harbour is an important junction for the movement of goods to the Ruhr area and the entire Western Europe.

Background of the planned new train connection is the multi-billion Chinese initiative „One belt, one road“. It is about the revival of the legendary Silk Road by the overland and sea route. The harbour of Lianyungang on the Pacific Ocean is here the starting point of an important freight traffic route. It leads the test train via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belorussia and Poland to Herne.

Background information

Lianyungang Port Group Co., Ltd.

The Lianyungang Port Group operates an important harbour in the northeast of China with approx. 200 million tons and 5 million containers (TEU) of goods turnover per annum. Lianyungang is situated in the Chinese province of Jiangsu. Its administrative area comprises almost five million inhabitants.

KTZ Express
The KTZ Express was established in 2011 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Kazakh railway company KTZ. KTZE is acting as a service provider in the rail, road and air transport. The company has subsidiaries in China, in the CIS, Baltic states and in the EC.

Wanne-Herner Eisenbahn und Hafen GmbH
Wanne-Herner Eisenbahn und Hafen GmbH (WHE) was founded in 1913. The company is operating transshipment in the Wanner west and east harbour. On 32 kilometres of own tracks eight engines are deployed. It delivers performances in rail cargo as well as in the trimodal handling and storage of bulk cargo.

Container Terminal Herne
The Container Terminal Herne (CTH) offers on the basis of most recent terminal infrastructure efficient cargo handling services and extensive parking capacity for the combined traffic. Totally 95,000 square metres operating area and five tracks as long as railroad tracks are available in the powerful terminal in the middle Ruhr area.