The first operator - apart from French SNCF - to be granted an operator licence in February 2004 from the French State authorising the development of railway services across the European Union, Europorte Channel launched its operational activities in November 2007 in order to develop a cross-Channel rail freight service based on quality of service and ease of use.
In 2012, Europorte Channel has provided ground operation services to nearly all rail freighttransiting through Frethun yard (Pas-de-Calais), which represents more than 2,000 trains and the transport of 1.2 million tonnes of freight. Europorte Channel offers integrated services for all ground operations on freight trains including:
- Coupling and uncoupling locomotives
- Safety checks on trains
- Management andco-ordination of security checks
- Management of regulatory documents (breaking note)
- Monitoring of rail freight traffic through the Channel Tunnel
- Contact with infrastructure managers.
Europorte Channel provides traction of freight trains through the Channel Tunnel.
Europorte Channel uses specialised Class 92 Brush locomotives to haul freight trains between the Tunnels' two terminals at Dollands Moor in England (Kent) and Fréthun in France (Pas-de-Calais). The locomotives are equipped to go through the Channel Tunnel and are certified for the whole of the UK's electrified railway network, including since the end of 2011, the HS1 Folkestone to London high speed line.
Europorte Channel is a key part of the Eurotunnel Group’s plans to develop cross-Channel rail freight, bringing to this business the same qualities and straightforward service that made the Shuttle a success.
Europorte Channel also offers integrated cross-Channel solutions, including hauling trains in Great Britain:
|Europorte Channel operates a link, 3 times a week, for the logistics specialist DFDS, to provide multimodal goods transport through the Tunnel, from Daventry (Northamptonshire, UK) to Novara (Piedmont, Italy).|
|As from February 2013, Europorte Channel manages the infrastructure maintenance contract for the rail freight transport service for Network rail on HS1 line.|