Ukrainian ferronickel on rails to the Netherlands

Container train in Ukraine, source: Ukrainian Railway

Ukrainian logistics company Global Ocean Link has tested a container train service  loaded with ferronickel to the CTT terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The train service was arranged in partnership with Ukrainian Railway (UZ) and Polish company PCC Intermodal. The service is expected to become regular this spring.

The test shipment consisted of 1,088 tonnes of ferronickel loaded in 40 twenty-foot containers. It departed in the late evening of 23 January from the Nickel-Pobuzky freight station in central Ukraine. Before arriving at the final destination in Rotterdam, the containers had been transshipped at the Mostytska – Medyka crossing on the Polish-Ukrainian border, then they travelled via Poland and Germany. The entire journey took nine days.

The termini of the route have been selected by a customer, which ordered the service from Global Ocean Link (GOL). Responding to RailFreight’s request, the Ukrainian company refused to unveil its exact name. Taking into account that the Pobuzhsky Ferronickel Plant lies nearby the Nickel-Pobuzky station, it is quite possible that this enterprise is interested in this rail freight connection.

Regular and faster

Global Ocean Link noted that the container train to the Netherlands will become regular. “We plan to make this service regular starting from this spring. It will depart once a week,” the company said. Moreover, the logistics provider intends to reduce the delivery time from nine to seven or even five days. GOL expects that the reduced lead time will increase the competitiveness of the new train service compared to other modes of transportation.

Global Ocean Link

Global Ocean Link was incorporated in 2009. The company is based in Odesa, the main port city of Ukraine. It has several offices in other Ukrainian cities such as Kyiv, Kharkiv, Vinnycia as well as in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. For many years, GOL has been focusing on sea and lorry transportation of containers to and from the Ukrainian harbours.

In August 2019 the company expanded its business to the rail sector. GOL has arranged rail shipments from Poland to Ukraine. As of today, the company plans to launch other new container trains. Besides the Netherlands, they will connect Ukraine with Poland, Germany and Belgium.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines and

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