Vladivostok and Europe connect via Finland Bridge

RCG-Russia and FESCO

A new intermodal rail connection links Asian-Pacific ports with Finland via Vladivostok, the Russian far-east port. The Finland Bridge, as the new service is called, will be a frequent train connection with three to four roundtrips per month. The first train has already arrived in Finland after a trip of 25 days.

FESCO Transportation Group, RZD Logistics and Nurminen Logistics launched the new intermodal service jointly. FESCO is responsible for the connection between Asian ports and Vladivostok. RZD logistics undertakes the rail transport leg between Vladivostok and Helsinki in Finland, while Nurminen Logistics provides the cargo base and logistics operations in Finland and Scandinavia.

First train already in Finland

The first intermodal train from Vladivostok to the Vuosaari terminal in Helsinki has already arrived with a transit time of 25 days, which is 1,5 times faster than the Suez canal alternative. The train carried 62 forty-foot containers full of various products.

The containers were first carried by sea from the Chinese ports of Shangai, Ningbo and Qingdao to Vladivostok before onboarding the train in the Russian port. Subsequently, they travelled across the Trans-Siberian rail route before reaching Finland. The Finland Bridge partners already have a high monthly frequency plan for the new service, which could expand more in the future.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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