Tender for operation of rail cargo terminal at the Port of Hirtshals

In cooperation with Hjoerring Municipality and Banedanmark, the Port of Hirtshals is putting out to tender the operation of a new rail cargo terminal by the port. The contract with the operator will be a concession agreement. The parties are inviting commercial rail cargo operators to make an offer for the traffic of the terminal and the operation of the terminal.

The rail cargo terminal at the Port of Hirtshals is in the planning and is expected to be ready for operation in June 2015. It is the intention that the chosen operator of the rail cargo terminal will take part in the remaining part of the planning in order to obtain the most effective operation possible.

The Port of Hirtshals is under development as an intermodal turntable in Scandinavia. The port is located on the EU's TEN-T Core Network, and hereby the European core transport network. With the establishment of a rail cargo terminal, the Port of Hirtshals will be able to offer intermodal transport solutions with the Jutland corridor and ferry connections to seven destinations in Norway and the North Atlantic as central elements.

As part of the TEN-T Core Network, the rail section to Hirtshals is to be electrified before 2030.

The rail cargo terminal is situated between the Port of Hirtshals and Hirtshals Transport Center with direct access to the port area and motorway E39. The terminal consists of a 675 meter track, running parallel to the railway track between Hirtshals and Hjørring, and a reloading space of 24,000 square meters.

The operator is to handle the total operation of the terminal from the start of operation mid-2015, and to ensure development and growth in the cargo transport. Furthermore, the operator is to optimize the operation of the terminal to make logistics solution through Hirtshals advantageous to other corridors. Operators, who make an offer for the concession, must be able to offer innovative and commercial operation concepts and to present relevant referances.

Cargo operators, who wish to make an offer for the traffic of the rail cargo terminal at the Port of Hirtshals, must submit a declaration to Hjoerring Municipality by mail to thomas.lomholt@hjoerring.dk by Tuesday 21 October 2014.

The material for the concession tender can be found at the Port of Hirtshals' website: Currently/Tender.