Europorte is the rail freight business of Getlink.

Europorte, the Group's subsidiary specialising in rail freight, is the first privately owned French operator to have been granted a rail operator licence by the public authorities in France for developing rail services throughout the European Union.

Europorte comprises 6 subsidiaries: Europorte France, Europorte Services (Socorail's brand), Europorte Proximité, Europorte Channel and Bourgogne Fret Services

Europorte is a group that offers a full range of integrated services under one brand at a European level:

  • Hauling of freight trains on main lines in France and Belgium, and, in cooperation with partners, connections to neighbouring European countries (Luxembourg, Germany, Italy and Switzerland)
  • Operation of local freight services on secondary lines (traction, ground services, wagon movements,...) around hubs and port terminals
  • Industrial services: logistics, rail freight handling on industrial sites (oil, chemical, steel, automotive) and additional services such as loding/unloading, infrastructure management,...
  • Rail services: testing of locomotives and delivering rolling stock for manufacturers
  • Contracted infrastructure management of rail networks in ports or other industrial sites
  • Local railway operator via its subsidiary Bourgogne Fret Services.

Europorte, 3rd largest rail freight operator in France, is developing a very dense network and operates at all stages of freight transport supply chain logistics, collection and movement on secondary networks (Europorte Proximité) or loading and unloading of wagons on private branch lines at industrial sites and ports (Europorte Services/Socorail) as well as traction of freight trains in the Channel Tunnel (Europorte Channel), in France and in Europe (Europorte France) or from Burgundy via its local railway operator subsidiary (Bourgogne Fret Services).

Europorte is consolidating its position in France

In 2016,Europortemanaged to preserve its revenue and to achieve break-even in EBITDA despite a rare combination of factors which have weighed on rail freight in France. Thanks to significant capacity for development, Europorte aims to achieve productivity gains of 10% in 2017.

As at 31 December 2016, the workforce of Europorte was of 831 employees in France.

Although the rail freight sector in France saw a particularly difficult year in 2016, Europorte managed to limit the contraction of its business and to keep its market share in the rail freight traction business by winning new larger contracts.

In 2016, major ports in France have renewed their confidence in Europorte who won all the tenders, in the face of very stiff, high-quality competition. Europorte manages, operates and maintains the rail networks of a number of major French ports under the brand name Europorte Services.

In terms of equipment, Europorte continues to rationalise its fleet of locomotives to benefit from homogeneous and reliable equipment that is less costly to operate while seeking to purchase new locomotives or shunters. For the past 4 years, Europorte has invested in new locomotives (Vossloh DE18 electro-diesel locomotives and Euro 4000).

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Europorte is optimising its maintenance activities, bringing them as close as possible to its operating centres, for its locomotives and wagons.

With the same aim to boost the efficiency of its operations and the quality of its services, Europorte is also offering its customers first level maintenance for their wagons in order to guarantee a high-level of reliability and availability:

  • On a preventive level, technical control visits of trains by Europorte qualified agents according to the General Contract for Use of wagons (GCU) directives signed up by Europorte who complies with the requirements. Three subsidiaries of Europorte, i.e. Europorte France, Europorte Proximité and Socorail, are able to undertake theses inspection checks.
  • On a corrective level, first level maintenance operations and troubleshooting on sites, such as replacing brake shoe blocks, lubricating buffers and coupling equipment, fastening of safety device elements, etc. These maintenance works are provided by Europorte Services or may be subcontracted.

›› More information on the 2017 Annual Review of the Group.

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