The Calais multimodal terminal allows transshipment of trailers, mobile bodies and containers between the road, rail and sea transport modes.
This hub consists of a twofold rail infrastructure:
- Rail superhighway hub
This hub, operated by Viia (a subsidiary of SNCF Logistics), allows rail transport of trailers, cranable (P400) or not. Viia uses the Lohr Industries technology. This allows the transhipment of non-cranable trailers (without any specific investment by the transport operator).
Viia operates several trains per day in each direction (VIIA BRITANICA line connecting the Port of Calais to the eastern Pyrenees – Le Boulou), offering a transport frequency reflecting the ferries' organisation. This frequency is crucial to represent a logistic and commercial interest for transport operators. By accepting all types of trailers and with a high frequency, the rail superhighway provides a competitive modal shift solution.
Transport operator customers on the rail superhighway can organise their unaccompanied maritime transhipment. They are invited to contact Viia to benefit from the IT tools developed for them (E-Modal system).
Trailers coming from or destined for the rail superhighway are not limited to maritime transhipment. They can take the road or come from it freely without any specific constraints.
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- Multi-purpose rail transport hub
This hub allows access by combined trains. It has two recessed 750-metre tracks so that RTG cranes and reachstackers may cross the tracks.
This hub is secure and available for the development of new activities.
A RoRo/Ropax Ferry maritime transhipment hub is located at the Calais facility. It enjoys secure, dedicated fast road access.
The hub can ensure the transhipment of unaccompanied trailer and container traffic between ferries or ro-ro ships and the road and rail modes.
Equipment: The hub has a trailer storage capacity and three single-deck linkspans for ship handling.
Storage takes place in two yards: a reception yard for export to the ships and rail transhipment (dispatching yard) and another for import traffic with a road exit.
Reception, vehicle checking and ferry and RoRo ship loading/unloading are performed by the haulage section of Boulogne Calais Port.
The haulage section has an ultra-modern IT tool: E-Modal. This allows the complete dematerialisation of procedures and ensures security, traceability and quality of service for customers.
The yards are equipped with ultra-modern access control equipment connected to E-Modal (analysis of registrations, automated diagnostics, CCTV, security checks). The results are available for customers.
The haulage section handles not only unaccompanied ferry traffic, but also ships stopping over on the three single-deck linkspans directly incorporated in the multimodal terminal.
For more details, see Infrastructure & Tooling section.