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September 23, 2014 – The Port of Esbjerg is looking for a private operator to run and develop its new combi terminal, and invites interested parties to submit an Expression of Interest.  

Text as WORD-file: PR 220914 Port of Esbjerg EOI 23.09.2014

The combi terminal consists of two tracks and covers a total area of 48.000 m2. The terminal connects the Port of Esbjerg with the rail network and provides the opportunity to tranship and manage freight efficiently. 

The purpose of the terminal is to ensure a better connection between road, rail and sea, thus strengthening intermodal freight transport. The project builds on the Danish political agreement “A green transport policy” and is in line with the European Commission’s goal of increasing intermodal transport. Rail Net Denmark, the Municipality of Esbjerg and the Port of Esbjerg are behind the project.

The terminal is primarily expected to handle rail freight between the Port of Esbjerg and eastern Denmark and southern Sweden, but also to provide a feeder service to the terminals in Padborg and Taulov. The terminal is expected to have sufficient capacity to handle up to three trains a day on the two terminal tracks. 

The tender includes the development and operation of the terminal from Q1 2015.

The operator will be required to define customer-related measures and activities, which can contribute to the development of the terminal and, as such, secure the necessary amount of freight. 

In order to take full advantage of the opportunities in the terminal, it is furthermore fundamental that the operator is capable of developing the intermodal and multimodal services through both conventional and innovative tranship technologies. 

Expressions of Interest must be registered on by October 6, 2014. Any questions about the tender or the tender process can be sent via email to

For more information:

Ole Ingrisch, Port Director, / +45 4057 4300.

About the Port of Esbjerg

Since 1868, the Port of Esbjerg has been a hub for trade and transport between Denmark and the rest of the world. Today, the Port of Esbjerg is an international transport center and an important Scandinavian port for import and export of goods. In 2013, the port’s turnover of goods was 4.6 mill tons and the number of calls was 4,898. 

 Facts: the new Sydhavn Combi Terminal

  • Construction of a new combi terminal at the Port of Esbjerg commenced in 2014. It is located in the Sydhavn section of the port and includes new tracks and a freight handling area. The terminal covers an area of 48.000 m2.
  • The electrification of the Esbjerg – Lunderskov line is expected to be complete in 2015.
  • The new terminal makes it possible to load and unload wagons directly on the port premises, ensuring efficient transshipment. 

Facts: more rail freight 

  • The new terminal is a result of a broad political agreement “A green transport policy”, which was reached in the Danish parliament in spring 2013. The agreement highlighted rail freight as a special green focus area.
  • The measures are in line with the European Commission’s ambition of moving 30% of the goods transported by road in Europe to rail or sea by 2030.