We would like to inform our customers that our intermodal transports are expected to run stable.
Even though the German train drivers’ association (GDL) strike actions are causing severe disruptions for large parts of the industrial supply chain we have been able to secure this indispensable mode of transport, especially important for hazardous goods in the field of Chemical Logistics.
We are not alone in this. Together with our cooperation partners we have doubled our efforts to tackle any problems caused by the strike. In the unlikely case that one of your shipments is affected, we will inform you directly and individually. For short-term support and inquiries for your transports, we are available at any time by phone or email.
Cobantur Boltas, Turkish-German logistics group consisting of the legally independent companies Cobantur and Boltas, strengthens operations, management and market presence.
The logistics service providers, founded in 1982 in Turkey and 1978 in Germany, are pioneers for individual intermodal transport solutions and bundle their competencies and resources in the logistically demanding sectors of chemicals, automotive, FMCG, fashion and healthcare, among others.
Operations With the direct train connection between Nuremberg and Trieste, the logistics group is responding early to the nearshoring concepts of the shipping industry. The new block train connects Nuremberg via Trieste with Pendik and Ambarli in Turkey as well as Patras in Greece with regional and supraregional pre- and onward carriage. “The new connection thus expands the range of resilient and sustainable links between economic areas that are moving closer together,” says Iskender Cobanoglu, managing director of the German Boltas GmbH, adding, “The intermodal line is so successful that we are already starting a 2nd round trip.” In addition, the past six months have seen an intensive review of the overall processes. “The analysis has provided us with important data for the further expansion of our network and is the starting signal for a number of internal structural and IT projects,” says Ulas Cobanoglu, Vice President of Turkish
Cobantur. His focus will be on strengthening the already extensive national and interregional transport network in Turkey. In addition, both companies plan to expand their full-service offering and increase the number of their warehouse logistics centers in Turkey, Italy, France and Germany.
Management Ulas Cobanoglu and Iskender Cobanoglu are both members of the newly created Board of Directors at Cobantur Boltas. The board, which is composed of managers from both companies, will optimize the flow of joint operational activities and determine the future strategic business direction of the group.
Marketing and sales With optimized customer relationship management, logistics decision-makers and dispatchers from industry, production and trade will be offered more service and transparency.The new logo and the new company slogan “Twice as good” are visible signs of the intensified cooperation. The market presence of all national companies, Turkey, Germany, France, Italy and Romania, is gradually being unified by a new website.
“Our umbrella brand strategy, the expansion of activities and the new management structure, all these are important success factors for the sustainable growth and customer-oriented further development of the Group,” Ulas Cobanoglu and Iskender Cobanoglu are certain.
As one of the leading companies in the maritime and logistics industry in Europe, DFDS continues to expand its intermodal transports and, in cooperation with Cobantur Boltas, offers additional weekly round trips on the direct rail connection Nuremberg-Trieste, which went into operation last fall.
On April 11, 2021, DFDS launched routes connected to its railway connections, strengthening its sustainable supply chain services. The first solution of the Intermodal competence center launched in partnership with primeRail Gmbh, the new line gets new routes. The new services allow trailers and truck beds loaded in Turkey to their recipients in Europe in an environmentally friendly and fast way in a period marked by the pandemic which has made logistics all the more crucial.
“The increased frequency of this particular line is again proofing the success of the long standing cooperation between Cobantur Boltas and DFDS as well as the growing importance of sustainable logistics solutions.” says Iskender Cobanoglu, member of the Board of Directors at Cobantur Boltas and Managing Director of the German Boltas GmbH.
“DFDS Mediterranean Business Unit continues to enhance its already powerful intermodal infrastructure further,” said Lars Hoffmann, the Head of DFDS Mediterranean Business Unit, about the new routes on the Nuremberg-Trieste connection line. “Our new line is the first solution of our intermodal competence center in partnership with primeRail Gmbh. We are very happy to ramp up our range of services with new routes.”
Timetable of the expanded connection: every Thursday and Sunday there is a service from Trieste to Nuremberg. Vice versa, from Nuremberg to Trieste, departures are on Tuesday and Friday.
On the occasion of his first death anniversary we remember Naci Cobanoglu: heart, brain and founding father of CobanturBoltas. For his employees he was the ‘logistics father’, boss and mentor at the same time. With his energy and enthusiasm for the company and the industry, the versatile businessman was always a shining example. Naci Cobanoglu will remain unforgotten.
The new direct connection, implemented in cooperation between Cobantur Boltas and DFDS Mediterranean Business Unit, the Turkey subsidiary of DFDS, expands the range of sustainable transports between Europe, Turkey and beyond.
Successful launch of the new connection
The first train on the new line left Trieste last Thursday, November 5 and reached the TriCon-Terminal in Nuremberg on Friday, November 6, 2020. The connection is part of the intermodal freight traffic to Turkey, Greece and the neighboring economic areas. The new block train is operated by DFDS and connects Nuremberg, via Trieste, with Pendik and Ambarli in Turkey and Patras in Greece, with regional and supra-regional pre-carriage and onward carriage in each case.
The weekly train consists of 4 double pocket wagons and 26 flat wagon groups with a capacity of 8 megatrailers and 26 45-foot containers. In the near future, an increase in the service to 2 – 3 weekly departures is planned.
The President of the DFDS Mediterranean Business Unit, Lars Hoffmann, highlighted the importance of the Nuremberg-Trieste connection as a strategic development: “The DFDS Mediterranean Business Unit, in partnership with Cobantur Boltas, has become the operator of the new direct rail link Nuremberg-Trieste, further improving our sustainable supply chain services. We are very pleased to have added another strategically important service to our service portfolio”.
A strong intermodal infrastructure
As one of the largest integrated shipping and logistics companies in Europe and operator of narrow route networks in the North Sea, Baltic Sea, English Channel and Mediterranean, DFDS offers a strong intermodal transport infrastructure, with ro-ro services between Turkey and Europe and rail connections from Italy.
DFDS has decided to establish an intermodal competence center in Cologne, Germany, as train solutions are considered an important part of its future business. This new line is the first successful project of the competence center and the joint venture with primeRail GmbH.
The Turkish-German logistics association Çobantur Boltas, based in Maltepe/İstanbul, and Allersberg/Nuremberg, has been handling transports via Trieste for 20 years. “With the new service, we are expanding our range of resilient and sustainable connections between these now closer economic areas with the support of DFDS,” says Iskender Cobanoglu, member of the Board of Directors at Cobantur Boltas and Managing Director of the German Boltas GmbH.
The Turkish-German logistics network is presenting its intermodal Industry Solutions at Europe’s leading chemical logistics event.
From September 8 to 11, logistics managers from the world’s leading chemical companies and supply chain experts will meet for the first time in purely virtual form to discuss the future design of the chemical supply chain in interactive sessions. In view of the current situation, the focus will be on concepts for contingency planning. Cobantur Boltas will present its solutions for resilient supply chains. “During the crisis, our intermodal rail transports have proven to be much more resilient in cross-border traffic compared to pure land transport”, says Iskender Cobanoglu, member of the Board of Directors at Cobantur Boltas and adds, “that is why we are further expanding our offer of regional multimodal supply chains”. At the four-day event, more than 300 chemical supply chain leaders will meet virtually and exchange valuable insights in around 40 sessions. Up-to-date information on the event and the possibility to register at https://logichem.wbresearch.com/
The economy in Greece has started up again on Monday, May 4th, taking into account distance and hygiene requirements. Together with our cooperation partner Omonia Trans, we are increasing our weekly groupage departures. Further our intermodal routes to Greece offer a reliable alternative to regular overland transports.
Transports to and from Turkey – lifted quarantine measures Since last week, the Turkish government has partially lifted the quarantine measures for drivers returning from the EU. As a result, we are already feeling further improvement in the availability of truck capacities. Together with our intermodal units, we can therefore offer the entire range of our transport-route mix.
Turkey – special customs tariffs on various goods To protect its economy, Turkey temporarily imposes special tariffs on various goods. The special duties apply from April 20, 2020 to September 30, 2020. Goods originating in the EU are not fully affected.
The European-Iranian traffic has come to a complete standstill due to the closure of the Turkish-Iranian border crossing at Gürbulak / Bazargan with no short term solutions in sight. In order to be able to continue offering transports to Iran, we have added the intermodal transport of 20 ‚and 40‘ containers by road and rail to Tabriz and Tehran to our service. Please contact us for further details. Transports to and from Turkey – Restrictions on capacities. Due to the fasting month of Ramadan, the departure frequencies on the ferry and train connections to and from Turkey will be reduced in the next few weeks. This can occasionally lead to delays in the transport process. We react flexibly and, if necessary, switch to other options in our processing mix. Should your shipments be affected by delays, we will inform customers directly. Please contact us for further details.
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