Contargo is one of the leading, neutral service providers for container logistics in the European hinterland. With a close-knit network of its own terminals and transport lines, Contargo links the seaports in Western Europe with the European hinterland. The container specialist combines the inter-system advantages of the transport modes inland barge, rail and truck.

Strikes in Antwerp Next Week

shutterstock 12458303819.11.2014 | Among other policies, the new government in Belgium has spoken out in favour of raising the age of retirement and stopping wage indexation.

In protest against these plans, various strikes will take place from Monday 24.11.2014 (6:00 am) to Tuesday 25.11.2014 (6:00 am).

At present it is not possible to foresee the extent to which the strikes will affect the port. However, delays and difficulties have to be expected.

We ask for your understanding and will keep you informed of the latest situation.

Telephoning on the Contargo “Open Source” Principle

shutterstock 12699020314.11.2014 | Employees at DIT Duisburg Intermodal Terminal GmbH have recently begun using the telephone platform of the open source software Asterisk (

For a long time now, Contargo has been engaged in the application and development of open source software. Open source solutions offer inexpensive, flexibly adaptable alternatives to complete in-house software development starting from scratch, or the purchase of ready-made “off the peg” systems.

Our priority criteria are remaining independent of the few software manufacturers who dominate the market, and ensuring compatibility with our customers’ systems.

The telephone platform has now also gone into operation at our sites in Mainz-Gustavsburg and Frankfurt, and it is planned to introduce it at other terminals in our network in the coming year.

Fourth Managing Director Appointed at Contargo

Marcel Hulsker12.11.2014 | For the first time, Contargo has appointed a Managing Director from another country. Since October, Marcel Hulsker has been the fourth Managing Director of the holding company. The 45-year-old inland navigation expert from the Netherlands will strengthen the presence of Contargo in the Benelux countries.

Marcel Hulsker has many years’ experience in container logistics. He began his career in 1991 with sea carrier Alpina and then worked his way up at Rhinecontainer from Assistant Dispatcher to Managing Director. Following the takeover by Contargo and the re-naming of the company to Contargo Waterway Logistics BV, Marcel Hulsker remained as Managing Director. Since then, the inland barge transport activities of Contargo have been operating from Zwijndrecht near Rotterdam.

Marcel Hulsker is also taking on the management of Contargo Network Service GmbH & Co. KG on behalf of the Contargo holding company. Contargo Network Service specialises in the forwarding of container hinterland transports both within and outside the Contargo network.

In addition, as Co-Managing Director Marcel Hulsker is responsible for the Antwerp-based joint venture Transbox United BVBA which commenced operations in October 2014. The Contargo container service Transbox and United Container Transport are joint participants in this company, which focuses on short-distance transports by barge between the seaport terminals and hinterland terminals in the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt area.

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