New blocktrain connects port of Thessaloniki to Serbia

Dry port of Nis. Photo: port of Port of Thessaloniki

A new regular block train has been launched between the Greek port of Thessaloniki and Niš, Serbia. The first block-train carrying containers from CMA CGM departed from the Container Terminal of ThPA on the morning of Wednesday, 17 August and arrived at the Mbox terminal in Niš on the same day at a transit time of just 16 hours.

The service was made possible as the result of the cooperation between ThPA S.A. and the Greek-Northern Macedonia-Serbia railway companies, namely Hellenic Train, MZ Transport and Kombinovani Prevoz respectively and 9 other private and public entities.

From September 2022, trains will depart from both Thessaloniki and Niš every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, arriving on the same day at their respective destinations. ThPA S.A. is ready to increase the frequency of the services.

Port of international significance

The executive chairman of the BoD and managing director of ThPA, Thanos Liagkos, stated
that ThPA S.A. is consistently implementing its development strategy and investment plan with emphasis on upgrading the infrastructure and equipment of the Port, while improving the rail connection of the Port of Thessaloniki with the bordering countries.

ThPA is evolving into a port of international significance, capable of receiving direct calls of ships of main lines connecting Southeastern, Central, Eastern Europe and the Balkans with the rest of the world. Rail connections provide it with a link to the hinterland of Europe.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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