Europorte SAS is the rail freight business of Eurotunnel Group.

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 the United Kingdom, 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, a vector of growth within the Group

In total in 2015, the activities of Europorte subsidiaries play a full role as vectors for growth by generating €307M in revenue, a +9% increase.

As at 31 December 2015, the workforce of Europorte was of 1,563 employees in France and in the United Kingdom.

Europorte is growing significantly and is therefore making major investment in people (recruitment of train drivers in particular) and equipment (locomotives).

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 3 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.

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