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This combined Maritime / Inland Waterway Service directly connects the berthed ship and the barge. The direct transhipment of containers from one to the other optimizes the inter-modality in terms of speed and efficiency. Imagine: the possibility of a delivery from Shanghai to Lille in 32 days.
With a direct inland waterway route from the port infrastructure of the Terminal des Flandres site, the Deûle canal and the Hauts de France offer a direct open network route to the port of Lille, Dourges and Valenciennes. A network which is connected with the Scheldt, the wide berth canal, and with the future North Europe Seine canal.
The services are operated by Nord Ports Shuttle (NPS) and Contargo (CCES) with bi-weekly connections.
The Procedure Fluvio Maritime (PFM) provides NPS with clearance of the goods at final destination, in Lille or Dourges, for example, rather than at the arrival of the ship ashore which reinforces the fluidity of this choice of inter -modality.