H&S already operates on this route, but is raising the frequency to twice per week thanks to financial support from Antwerp Port Authority. The support offered to H&S Container Line is the result of a Call for Proposals (CfP) launched in October last year by the Port Authority to attract projects for improving the rail connectivity between Antwerp on the one hand and the Rhine-Ruhr and Rhine-Main regions on the other.
In addition to H&S Container Line several other operators also submitted projects, but not all of them met the conditions for financial support. However, this does not mean that these projects are not being put into practice: B Logistics introduced a new rail service to Ludwigshaven at the beginning of this year, while DB Cargo for its part has begun operating to Wanne Eickel and Mannheim.
This is the second time that the Port Authority has organised a Call for Proposals to improve the rail service for a particular region. At the end of 2015 it issued a CfP to develop rail connections between the port of Antwerp and Central and Eastern Europe. As a result of this CfP three projects were chosen in March last year, with new rail services to Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria respectively.