Bertschi has broken ground on the expansion of its logistics infrastructure at the BASF site in Schwarzheide, in Eastern Germany. The handling capacity of the existing intermodal rail terminal will be doubled and its storage capacity tripled. The increasing demand for storage will be met with a new local depot for hazardous products. The new facilities will start operation in 2015. Thereafter, the current East-West rail gateway function of the Schwarzheide terminal (Benelux-Duisburg-Poland-Moscow) will be complemented with new North-South intermodal connections (Hamburg-Schwarzheide-Southeast Europe). The expansion comprises a new intermodal area with six rail tracks under a new gantry crane and a container storage area for 1,700 TEU. The area will be spanned by a gantry crane with a width of 90m and come into operation in January 2015. The hazardous goods depot, with a capacity of 150 tank containers, is expected to be completed by mid-2015.