Vos Logistics celebrates 5.000 units successfully transported via rail shuttles

CFL multimodal

  • Lasting partnership with CFL multimodal manifested by reaching milestone of 5.000th shuttle transport, yielding a total of 2 mln kg CO2 reduction
  • Strong collaboration and continuous improvement over the years
  • More rail connections to be built in the future from the South of France to sea-ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam

Just over two years ago, Vos Logistics exclusively partnered with CFL multimodal in an innovative move aimed at improving the transportation of non-craneable trailers. Today, we're proud to announce that we've completed our 5.000th unit transported via shuttle in September, showing the successfulness of this partnership.

Together with CFL multimodal, Vos Logistics found a solution to the problem of transporting non-craneable bulk semi-trailers by train. They discovered the Vega® system, which enables loading semi-trailers onto a platform and then using a standard crane to put them on a standard train wagon. Modifications to the wagon, securing the bulk trailers, was required and the train platforms in Lyon and Luxembourg were prepared to accommodate this innovative approach.

Luc Baronheid, Senior Sales Manager for CFL multimodal, reflects on our journey together, saying, “Our achievements with Vos Logistics reflect the true spirit of collaboration and continuous improvement”. Since we joined forces, a lot has happened. Together with CFL multimodal we worked hard to fix technical problems and challenges. In March 2021, we reached a big goal: the first trip from Luxembourg to Lyon and back using this innovative system. It has contributed to a reduction of roughly 2 mln kg in CO2 emissions and we’re proud that we added another sustainable transport option to our service portfolio.

Marc van Alphen, Cluster Director Bulk, emphasizes that “The development of this rail shuttle is a seamless fit with our sustainability agenda, and is also a perfect proposition on the request of our customers for more sustainable transport, both in saving CO2, as well as improving the payload of the transport. We look forward to continuing this partnership and together with CFL multimodal build new rail connections for non-craneable semi-trailers in Europe, connecting the south of France with the Sea-ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam in the near future”.

The celebration of our 5.000th unit on the bulk rail-shuttle is only the start of a long term innovative and strategic partnership. This accomplishment shows the hard work and knowledge of both Vos Logistics and CFL multimodal in leading the way for new logistics solutions. Every shuttle has helped us to improve our process, sharpen our abilities, and strengthen our dedication to eco-friendly transportation options.

For inquiries about eco-friendly dry-bulk transport from loading to unloading without transshipment to the highest standards and payloads, you can contact Ronald van der Plas, Business Unit Manager.


About CFL multimodal

The CFL multimodal Group is a logistics service provider, covering the entire logistics chain. Together with its sister company CFL cargo CFL multimodal offers a broad, high-quality and customized service portfolio: combined and conventional rail freight, wagon maintenance and repairs, customs clearance, as well as forwarding and logistics services. With a European presence in Luxembourg, France, Germany and Sweden, CFL cargo serves many of the most important European rail axes.

In Luxembourg, the activities of CFL multimodal center on the intermodal terminal Bettembourg-Dudelange in the Eurohub South Logistics Park. Located on the Rail Freight Corridor 2 (North Sea-Mediterranean) and at the crossroads of the North-South and East-West transport routes, the terminal is ideally positioned as an international hub for the consolidation of multimodal transport flows across Europe and beyond. With a total yearly capacity of 600.000 units and equipped with the latest technology in terms of security and surveillance, the intermodal terminal is connected by combined train shuttles to the main ports and industrial regions.


Contact: Julie BÜCHLER (Head of Communications), Tel: + 352 691 981 212, julie.buchler@cfl-mm.lu