TRILO+ : triple intermodal offer between Trieste and Novara
Alpe Adria and DFDS launched and innovative service to transport different loading units, targeting new market segments
An innovative intermodal connection was just launched between Trieste, Brescia and Novara as a result of the collaboration between the operator Alpe Adria and the company DFDS.
The service is called TRILO+ because it provides three types of offers in a single train with standard intermodal wagons: deep-sea containers, semitrailers (also non-cranable) and continental and short-sea loading units, as well as road vehicles.
This was made possible by the implementation of two T3000 pocket wagons loading systems and of non-cranable semitrailers. The first one is the NiKraSa system, designed by TXLogistik (Mercitalia Group) a few years ago and marketed at the end of 2018. The second is the roadrailLink r2L system designed by the German company Vegatrans, which may also be used to transport industrial vehicles.
The train consists of two parts, stopping in two different maritime terminals in Trieste: one in the TMT terminal transporting oceanic containers, and the other one in the Ro-Ro terminal Samer for continental and short-sea traffic from Turkey, using the NiKraSa and r2L systems.
In Novara, the train calls at the CIM terminal, where they installed a platform to load semitrailers on the lifting basket of the NiKraSa system.
Therefore, also some non-cranable semitrailers were deployed in the terminal for the first time, in particular those belonging to Arcese, which launched this service.
The train operates 6 days per week with A-B transit-time, with operational stops at the Brescia terminal only for cranable loading units and on certain days. Being loaded with uncodified semitrailers and other loads, trains run as Exceptional Transport, although they do not have real problems because they travel on P400 lines.
The flexibility of the offer for different types of loads allows to reach various sectors, thus favouring the achievement of the critical mass and service profitability.
The train is marketed by Alpe Adria with the participation of DFDS, which occupies several slots and provides the NiKraSa and r2L systems, in which it invested to develop new railway transport opportunities, and which it is already using on various connections from Trieste to Gent (Belgium) and Bettembourg (Luxembourg). These systems are being used along the Italian East-West axis for the first Italian connection.