Increased frequency on the New Silk Road towards Mukran Port

Since the end of March, Mukran Port Terminals has been operating a fixed sea route as part of the New Silk Road in cooperation with DBO Bahnoperator. The product is called Baltic Sea Bridge, and after ten weeks of operation, it can be considered a success. Therefore, the frequency will be increased to two times per week. 

With a weekly departure from Baltijsk (Kaliningrad region) towards Mukran Port, 2200 containers (TEU) have been transported so far. “The increase in departure frequency is a strong indication of the route’s performance. It also shows that the Mukran Port with its well-developed hinterland connections is an important strategic hub for container traffic in the Baltic Sea region within the framework of the New Silk Road. We are now reaping the benefits of the efforts and targeted investments in infrastructure and handling technology made necessary by the transformation process towards a modern multifunctional port in recent years,” says a satisfied Harm Sievers, Managing Director of Mukran Port Terminals.

Faster and more often

Baltic Sea Bridge and DBO Bahnoperator GmbH, responsible for the capacity utilisation on the Silk Road route, have jointly decided to take this step after evaluating the first weeks of operation. Marcel Stein, Managing Director of DBO Bahnoperator, commented: “We look back with pride on the developments of the last few weeks and are now taking them into account by increasing the weekly frequency. Thanks to strong partners, we have implemented a powerful new route here and have been able to further optimise our network in terms of transit time and costs, particularly in Scandinavia and Germany”.

However, the container volume not only makes a higher frequency of departures necessary but also a faster and more economical ship. From now on this function will be performed by the shipping company’s own ship MS Constance, which has a capacity of 3000 TDW.

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Author: Majorie van Leijen

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

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