Intermodal (road-rail) and multi-modal (port-rail-road) operations...
Intermodal logistics forms a major part of Tibbett Logistics’ activities in Romania and the rest of South East Europe.
We are the only private operator of an open-access rail container terminal in Bucharest (BIRFT), and we are building a network for West-East and East-West domestic rail distribution within Romania. We are also establishing door-to-door multi-modal distribution across South East Europe with affiliate-owned rail terminals in Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary.
Our intermodal operations commenced in 2008 with the launch of block trains for import containers from the Asia Pacific region running between the Port of Constanta on the Black Sea coast and our own inland rail container terminal in Bucharest (BIRFT). Domestic container movements were later added primarily for manufacturers within Romania wishing to connect to intra-EU trains.
Regular domestic block train services are now run between Constanta/Bucharest and major destinations across the country. We directly manage all steps in the chain routinely achieving reliable services, with reductions in CO2 emissions of at least 40%, while cutting existing transport costs.
The environmental benefits of moving goods by rail are substantial. Compared with carrying the same tonnage by road, emissions from rail transport contain less than a tenth of the carbon monoxide, 66% less carbon dioxide, around a twentieth of the nitrogen oxide, less than 9% of the fine particulates, and around 10% of the volatile organic compounds. Furthermore, a tonne of goods can travel 87 km by rail on a litre of diesel, compared with 31 km by road.1
Tibbett Logistics believes passionately that rail transport must form an integral part of any sustainable supply chain strategy. Intermodal logistics is an increasingly viable solution that is cost-effective, reliable and can significantly reduce an organisation’s carbon footprint.
In summary, Tibbett Logistics’ intermodal service specialises in handling the following traffic flows:
- Deep-sea containers destined for South East Europe via Constanta in Romania, with onward intermodal transport across the region
- Continental containers (‘mobile boxes’) for transportation between Romania/Bulgaria and all Western European countries
- Domestic transportation within Romania of both semi-trailers and continental containers
- Handling of conventional rail wagon traffic from Western Europe transhipped through our rail-linked warehousing for onward delivery to customers.