Girteka Logistics releases 2021 intermodal rail results

Despite being known as a growth driver in Europe, German consumer demand is often mediocre with the economy disproportionately dependent on exports of automotive products in particular.

Girteka Logistics announced the 2021 results of its intermodal rail freight division, which managed to carry double the number of Full Truckloads (FTL) compared to 2020, saving over 14.4m kg of CO2 emissions throughout 2021.

Girteka continued growing its operational intermodal capabilities through the year, beginning to use new freight lanes throughout Europe, starting with the newly-opened Kaunas Intermodal Terminal, which connected Lithuania with Tilburg in the Netherlands in July 2021. The lane also connected the Netherlands with Poland, namely the city of Rzepin in the western part of the country. Girteka also began using two additional lanes in the EU network: one in Germany in an industrial area going towards the south of France, with another freight route connecting northern Italy with northern France.

Overall, the company doubled the amount of FTLs it carried compared to 2020, with over 16,100 fully loaded trailers travelling on rail tracks, saving the environment of more than 14.4m kg of CO2 emissions, as the FTLs travelled for more than 15.2m km throughout the EU.

In addition to the saved emissions, the company has also calculated that carrying FTLs on the back of trains across Europe reduced the number of tyres that it needed throughout the year by at least 900, as well as avoiding at least 61 accidents on the road, based on the average numbers in the industry, showing its commitment to sustainability and road safety.

Furthermore, Girteka’s customers have access to its fleet of trucks that are powered by Euro 6 standard diesel engines, as well as the option to complete first and/or last-mile deliveries by using Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) or HVO100 fuel, further reducing the CO2 emissions of the whole process, as HVO can reduce up to 90% of environmental impacts compared to using regular diesel.

Girteka noted that growth, in particular intermodal rail freight services to and from the United Kingdom (UK), will be one of its main priorities going forward in 2022.

Overall, Girteka Logistics plans to grow the number of FTLs carried by intermodal rail transport by 50% in 2022.


Source: Girteka Logistics