Press Release

Five Million Tons of Freight Transported from Cuxhaven to Immingham

"RailRoCargo", the joint product of Cuxport, DFDS Germany and TRANSA Spedition, is celebrating a milestone: in September 2017, the five millionth ton of cargo was transported to the Cuxport terminal in Cuxhaven for onward shipping to the UK.

The “RailRoCargo” joint venture has been in existence since 1982 and includes the preliminary transport of goods by TRANSA to Cuxhaven, mainly by rail. At the Cuxport terminal, the goods are transferred from the rail wagons onto DFDS MAFI roll trailers in a covered area. These are subsequently shipped by Ro/Ro cargo ferry to Immingham near Grimsby & Hull on the East coast of England, where DFDS takes over the storage of the freight and its distribution to British consignees by truck.

The types of goods handled include mainly steel, paper, timber and building materials. Timber products, for example in the form of floor coverings, are currently the strongest growth segment, with an increase of 97 per cent compared to last year. “We can also handle project cargo such as rolling stock at the terminal using our harbour cranes, which have a lifting capacity of up to 100 tons," says Roland Schneider, Head of Business Development at Cuxport.

Depending on load type, a rail wagon with a capacity of 90 cubic meters or 60 tons of goods corresponds to a loaded MAFI roll trailer or up to three truckloads. "The combination of rail transport and MAFI roll trailers in maritime transport avoids placing further strain on the roads and the environment while still achieving a high degree of profitability," explains Kay-Uwe Müller-Gericke, Business Development Manager at TRANSA Spedition GmbH.

"With five weekly ferry crossings in each direction, we offer a high frequency of departures and load capacity, which allows us to have a fast through-flow of goods. Our customers in particular appreciate the needs-based availability of their goods stored by DFDS in the sales markets,” says Joachim Wöhlkens, Sales & Marketing Manager Shipping Logistics at DFDS Germany in Cuxhaven.

For further informationen please contact:

Press contact TRANSA
Schenker Deutschland AG
Langer Kornweg 34 E
65451 Kelsterbach
Phone: +49 6107 74-728
E-Mail: [email protected]

Press contact DFDS
DFDS Germany ApS & Co. KG
Leuchtturmweg 5
27472 Cuxhaven
Phone: +49 4721 7960 50
Fax.: +49 4721 7960 60
E-Mail: [email protected]

About Cuxport, TRANSA & DFDS

About Cuxport

Cuxport GmbH operates a multi-functional handling terminal at the deep-water port of Cuxhaven. Cuxport not only provides extensive port handling facilities, but also has an ideal geographical location for all kinds of maritime traffic and the best possible links to destinations further inland. The company is a joint venture where Rhenus SE & Co. KG holds 74.9 percent of the shares and HHLA Container Termains GmbH 25.1 percent. The Rhenus Group is a logistics services provider with global operations and annual turnover of EUR 4.8 billion. Rhenus has business sites at over 580 locations worldwide and employs more than 28,000 people. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is one of the leading logistics services companies at the North Sea ports.


For over 60 years, TRANSA Spedition GmbH has been one of Europe's most successful transport and logistics service providers with a turnover of 360 million Euros in 2016, around 500 employees, 26 branch offices in Germany. TRANSA works with more than 300  partners  and more than 3,000 truck units of various sizes and specializations and organizes about 1800 transport a day on road and rail.  TRANSA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schenker AG.

About DFDS

DFDS provides shipping and transport services in Europe, generating annual revenues of EUR 1.8bn. To over 8,000 freight customers, we deliver high performance and superior reliability through shipping & port terminal services, and transport & logistics solutions. For six million passengers, we provide safe overnight and short sea ferry services. Our 7,000 employees are located on ships and in offices across 20 countries. DFDS was founded in 1866, is headquartered in Copenhagen, and listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen. DFDS' business structure consists of two divisions, Shipping and Logistics. DFDS Shipping operates one of the largest networks of ferry routes in Northern Europe, including our own terminals in key locations. All routes operate on fixed schedules and are strategically located to provide freight services to forwarders, hauliers and manufacturers of heavy goods. The Logistics Division provides European door-door transport solutions to manufacturers of consumer and industrial goods. The main activity is full-and part-load solutions, ambient and temperature-controlled. Logistics solutions are developed in partnership with retailers and producers, including warehousing services and just-in-time concepts. Solutions are supported by a European network of road, rail and container carriers and DFDS' ferry routes.