The Turkish integrated logistics company Ekol has launched a new rail connection between Zeebrugge and Sète in Southern France. This connection substitutes the link with Trieste that was started in September last year. The new rail link offers more capacity.
It takes 22 hours for the new Ekol block train to connect Zeebrugge and Sète. It goes two times per week with the capacity of 44 units per train, for both containers and trailers. The block train connection leaves Sète on Wednesdays and Sundays at 18:30 and arrives at Zeebrugge on Thursdays and Mondays at 16:00. From Zeebrugge the train leaves on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:30 and arrives in Sète on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:50.
The new train service is developed in collaboration with VIIA of the French operator Fret SNCF.
Via the new rail link with Zeebrugge, Ekol can connect France, the Benelux, Scandinavia and the UK with Southern Europe. For the UK markets Ekol already has a strategic partnership with P&O Ferries in Zeebrugge, offering shortsea roro connection to Tilbury, Hull and Teesport.
In Sète Ekol operates two roro vessels, sailing two times a week to Turkey with pitstops in Spain and Greece. The transit time to Izmir in Turkey amounts to 56 hours.