RheinPorts Basel-Mulhouse-Weil is a prime logistic and multimodal hub in the heart of Europe. RheinPorts offers logistic solutions combining transport development « Over the Rhine & over the world » with nature conservation thanks to:

  • Its multimodal connections
  • Its global networks for local firms
  • Its experienced & skilled workmanship for strong performances
  • Its global solutions & modern infrastructures
  • Its environmentally-friendly value

RheinPorts is situated right next to the city of Basel, in the Three-Border region with its 2.3 million inhabitants. The ports enjoy direct multimodal connections with the great North Sea ports and also, via the Alps, with the Mediterranean region. As a cross-border logistics hub, RheinPorts has top-flight facilities for transhipping and transporting dry and liquid bulk goods and heavy freight and has the only container hub of its kind in the southern Upper Rhine, directly in the heart of the Rotterdam-Genoa and Antwerp-Marseilles corridors.

RheinPorts also has land available to meet the specific needs of every company. Over 12 million tonnes of cargo were transshipped in 2008, underpinning Rheinports’ major role in river transport. RheinPorts is the second-ranked river port on the Rhine. The efficiency and range of services offered makes RheinPorts Basel-Mulhouse-Weil a highly attractive proposition.

Freight transport on the Rhine: an important role

The Rhine, the longest river in Europe, plays a major role in freight transport for the 21st century, connecting a huge number of towns, cities and border regions and giving RheinPorts an important edge. With the increasing interdependence in European markets, the Rhine offers an attractive transport mode with a high potential for our ports. Reliable, environmentally-friendly and with low fuel consumption, river transport is also a key component in sustainable development.

RheinPorts is located right in the centre of the north-south transport axis and provides a major transport hub for the southern part of the Upper Rhine. The Basel-Mulhouse-Weil ports are located within a very short distance of major production facilities, which include pharmaceutical, chemical and biological-science clusters, as well as car assembly plants and top-ranking mechanical engineering companies.

Trimodality, major advantage

Trimodality is part and parcel of the facilities offered by Port of Switzerland. About 70% of river-borne goods are transhipped to be taken on the railway network, through the ports’ two leading-edge, electrified railway terminals, able to accommodate trains of up to 650 metres length. Three parallel railway lines run along the wharves to support transhipment, while the port railway system, which belongs to Port of Switzerland, can be used by any certified rail transport operator. HGV trucks have easy access to the French, German and Swiss highway networks from the port area.

Ports de Mulhouse-Rhin added value

  • Professionalism: from customer relations through to the final provision of services. Ports de Mulhouse-Rhin prime focuses include staff training and understanding and anticipating the realities and developments within our business.
  • Competitiveness: Ports de Mulhouse-Rhin are able to provide services at extremely attractive rates through highly efficient organization of both human and material resources.
  • Flexibility: with customer needs becoming increasingly specific, Ports de Mulhouse-Rhin pride themselves on their reactivity, which allows them to cope rapidly with new demands in the river transport and port businesses.

Outside the port: the multimodal platforms

Rheinhafengesellschaft Weil am Rhein is involved in three major activities along the Rhine, split into three zones: the southern part of the port includes warehouses and other external storage areas as well as bulk storage facilities; while the northern part handles transhipment of bulk goods and has a container terminal for transhipping goods between boats. These activities take up a total surface area of some 131,000 m², with 90,300 m² in current use and 40,700 m² available for development. Rheinhafengesellschaft Weil am Rhein also has a port railway network with a total length of 4.6 km.

Port facilities include 6 cranes, a quay wall, a container terminal for 2,100 TEU containers and a separate zone for transhipping hazardous substances. There are direct connections to both the German and Swiss railway networks through the RAILION and SBB Cargo rail carriers. Rheinhafengesellschaft Weil am Rhein also offers fast link-up to the German (A5), Swiss (N2) and French (A35) highway networks.

Facts & figures

  • In the heart of an economic area of 40 km
  • 100 km from the river ports of Strasbourg and Kehl
  • 500-600 km from the river ports based in the Ruhr area
  • 800-900 km from the ports « ARA »
  • Waterway traffic 2010: 12,5 mio. tons
  • Container traffic 2010: 185 000 TEU