Europorte Channel

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Europorte Channel
Industry Rail freight
Predecessors Europorte 2
Founded 2003
Parent Eurotunnel via Europorte

Europorte Channel (formerly Europorte 2) is a rail freight train operator which operates rail freight services between France and the United Kingdom through the Channel Tunnel. It is a subsidiary of Eurotunnel's Europorte freight division.

In 2009 Europorte's parent company Eurotunnel acquired the French operations of Veolia Cargo leading to the rebranding of Europorte 2 as Europorte Channel, a subsidiary of the combined Europorte division of the Eurotunnel group.[1][2]

History[edit]

Background[edit]

Europorte 2 was founded in 2003.[3] The company was established as an independent rail company, with a remit to expand freight operations around Calais. The company acquired a license to operate in France in February 2006.[4]

Operations[edit]

In June 2007 the Eurotunnel entered into a collaboration with the Port of Dunkirk relating to rail freight traffic through Europorte 2 subsidiary; the company was to operate trains from Dunkerque to the Delta 3 logistics terminal at Dourges, and collaborate on container shipments to the UK using the port of Dunkerque via channel tunnel.[5][6] In 2010 Eurotunnel obtained a contract with the port to operate the enterprises own railway system - this contract was carried out by a new organisation Europorte Services.[7][8]

In 2009 Eurotunnel acquired Veolia Cargo's French rail freight operations - during the period of absorption of these entities Europorte 2 was renamed Europorte Channel. [2]

Traction and rolling stock[edit]

A fleet of forty-six Class 92 locomotives were built by a consortium of Brush Traction, and ABB Traction between 1993 and 1996. Initially the fleet was split between Railfreight Distribution, SNCF French Railways and British Rail European Passenger Services (now Eurostar (U.K.) Ltd.) for operations through the Channel Tunnel.

The locomotives attached to London and Continental Railways were for operations of the Nightstar international sleeper services. Introduction of the sleeper services were delayed and then fully cancelled. During 2000, Eurostar (UK) Ltd. offered their seven Class 92 members (92020–21, 32, 40, 44–46) for sale—being surplus to requirements. No immediate buyer could be found, so the locomotives were decommissioned and stored at Crewe International electric depot.

In February 2007, following a tender exercise, the seven locomotives were purchased by Eurotunnel for £2 million, for use by Europorte 2.[9]

In July 2011 Europorte 2/Eurotunnel purchased the five remaining locomotives that had belonged to SNCF, bringing Eurotunnel's total up to sixteen Class 92s.[10]

Current Fleet[edit]

  • Class 92 Electric × 16 (92006, 92010, 92014, 92018, 92020-92021, 92023, 92028, 92032–92033, 92038, 92040, 92043–92046)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eurotunnel completes first external expansion in its history with the acquisition of the French businesses of Veolia Cargo". Euroinvestor. 2009-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b Falkner, James (2009-12-01). "Eurotunnel completes Veolia Cargo takeover". International Freight Weekly (Informa). 
  3. ^ "Company Overview of Europorte 2", investing.businessweek.com (Bloomberg LP), retrieved 10 March 2012 
  4. ^ "Europorte 2", www3.eurotunnel.com, archived from the original on 18 November 2006 
  5. ^ "Channel Tunnel freight deal follows crucial vote", www.railwaygazette.com, 1 July 2007 
  6. ^ "Eurotunnel and the Port of Dunkirk together on rail freight", www.usinenovelle.com (in French), 15 June 2007 
  7. ^ "DUNKERQUE PORT choisit EUROTUNNEL pour l'exploitation et la maintenance de son réseau férré", www.dunkerque-port.fr (in French), 13 January 2010 
  8. ^ Pascale Decressac (7 July 2011), "Rail freight specialist Europorte offers businesses all necessary services for transporting their goods", www.actu-cci.com 
  9. ^ Eurotunnel buys five Class 92 locomotives 15/02/2007 - retrieved 18 August 2007
  10. ^ "Eurotunnel's Rail Buy". Daily Express. 19 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 

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