This resulted from a tender initiated by HGK in June 2022, under which Hupac was awarded the contract in November 2022.
“We are very pleased that the Hupac Group, a renowned company, has won the tender to operate the terminal,” said Uwe Wedig, CEO of the HGK Group. “For HGK, TKN plays a strategically important role with regard to our innovative FU-Sion Cologne industrial and logistics site, which is being developed in the immediate vicinity.”
Hupac operates numerous terminals in Europe, either under its own management or together with partners, and brings a broad range of experience in this field. “Terminals are a strategic resource for modal shift and are of outstanding importance, especially in agglomerations such as the Rhine/Ruhr area,” said Hupac CEO Michail Stahlhut. “We invest in resources and in intelligent systems to bring out maximum performance at the interface between road and rail.”
The bi-modal TKN is located near the motorway junction Köln Niehl (A1/A57) and is directly connected to the Rhine port Köln Niehl via rail. It has an area of 152,000 sqm with five transhipment tracks and three gantry cranes. Up to 10 trains can be loaded and unloaded inbound and outbound per day.
“We are looking forward to the new task, which we will master together with the experienced terminal team,” added Sascha Altenau, managing director of the Hupac subsidiary Combiconnect Köln Nord.
The invitation to tender for combined transport operation is required by the directive on the support for intermodal terminals of non-federally owned companies. The transfer of lease and operations also means the transfer of employment for the existing workforce. The existing employment relationships will be taken over by the future Combiconnect Köln Nord GmbH with legal security.